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Diamond Pushed Out Of Titans Post
Titans Owner BUD ADAMS yesterday informed team president JEFF DIAMOND that his contract will not be renewed, according to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Diamond, who spent 23 years with the Vikings before joining the Titans in '99, said "financial issues" may have been the reason for the move. He made $1M in '02, the final year of his initial four-year deal, and received a one-year contract last year, but "took a significant pay cut in exchange for incentives." Diamond: "Given the success we've had, I figured that things would continue. I was a little surprised from the standpoint of leaving the organization, but I don't think anything shocks me in the NFL or in pro sports." Adams re-assumes the title of president, which he held before Diamond. Adams said in a statement, "I believe I need to be more directly involved in the management of the team and stadium company. We are facing some tough challenges on and off the field, and I intend to be personally involved in seeing to our businesses." Titans General Counsel STEVE UNDERWOOD will assume additional duties, and Exec VP DON MACLACHLAN was given an expanded role in management of facilities and non-football operations (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 1/21).
Desser Promoted To
Newly Created Position
NBA President of New Media & Strategic Initiatives ED DESSER has been promoted to the newly-created position of Exec VP/Strategic Planning & Business Development (NBA).
JETS SETTER: The Jets named MATTHEW HIGGINS as VP/Strategic Planning where he will oversee strategic planning and outreach efforts for a proposed sports and convention center on Manhattan's west side, effective February 6. Higgins is currently with the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. (Jets).
MAGNA: BELINDA STRONACH resigned as President & CEO of Magna Int'l as a "precursor to her announcing a run for the leadership post of the new Conservative Party of Canada." Magna Int'l is the former parent company of Magna Entertainment. Magna Founder & Chair FRANK STRONACH will serve as interim President while the BOD searches for a full-time replacement (THOROUGHBRED TIMES, 1/20).
EXECS: PHILIPPE GURDJIAN has been appointed F1 Exec Consultant for the inaugural '04 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain Int'l Circuit (F1-Live.com, 1/16).... Affinnova, a provider of product design and development solutions, appointed Syratech Corp. President & CEO ROBERT MEERS to its Exec Board. Meers was previously Reebok Int'l President & CEO (Affinnova).
GOLF: The LPGA Tour's Franklin American Mortgage Championship benefiting Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, which is operated by Elcot Golf, announced that Elcot Golf Manager of Corporate Services JULIE GALLINA will serve as Finance Manager. Also, Elcot Golf Manager of Client Services JAMES CALDWELL will be Facilities Operations Manager; Elcot Golf Exec Assistant DIANN HASSMILLER Sponsor Events Manager; and JENNIFER DORNEY Finance Associate. Retired UPS Division Manager BOB MANNERY was named General Operations Manager (Franklin American Mortgage Championship) ....Golf For Women promoted Exec Dir of Creative Services BARRIE ORINGER to Associate Publisher of Creative Services and named Everyday Food magazine Publisher LYNNE DOMINICK as Associate Publisher of Advertising (Golf For Women).
STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE: Westport, CT-based Source Marketing named Newday Communications President CINDY HEITSMAN as Account Dir; Merv Griffin Productions Dir of Event Services & Event Production ALEXANDRA GAY as Account Manager; GINA HACKETT as Account Manager; LISA CASTRO as Account Manager; and KRISTIEN MADIA as Assistant Account Exec (Source Marketing).
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Outkast Among The Performers On
Tap For NBA’s Showcase Game
The KERLAN-JOBE ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC, whose physicians care for the Lakers, Dodgers and NHL Kings, has paid $2.65M to the government "to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it overbilled medicare and other federal health-care programs over an eight-year period" (L.A. TIMES, 1/21)....The NBA yesterday announced that OUTKAST will perform during the player introductions for the NBA All-Star Game. CHRISTINA AGUILERA will perform the U.S. national anthem and NELLY FURTADO will sing the Canadian national anthem (NBA)....The 120-foot-long paper scroll on which author JACK KEROUAC wrote "ON THE ROAD" is in the midst of a 13-stop, four-year national library and college tour. Colts Owner JIM IRSAY bought the scroll for nearly $2.5M several years ago (LAS VEGAS SUN, 1/20).
ON THE AIR: German sports station DSF yesterday announced that BORIS BECKER will host a half-hour talk show beginning in the spring (AP, 1/21)....FSN's "BDSSP" introduced the first annual "BDSSP" Student Film Festival Presented by Sony Electronics. The grand prize winner in the fiction category will win a summer internship with 20th Century Fox Films, while the non-fiction grand prize winner earns a summer internship with "BDSSP" (FSN).