SBD/Issue 208/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Thomas Stultz Is The New
President & CEO At Host

EXECS: Gray Publishing President THOMAS STULTZ was named President & CEO of Host Communications, replacing GORDON WHITENER, who left the company to pursue other opportunities. It is expected that Stultz will also be nominated to parent Bull Run’s BOD to fill Whitener’s seat (Bull Run)....K2 Inc. promoted Senior VP & CFO JOHN RANGEL to President of its European operations. Senior VP/Finance DUDLEY MENDENHALL will assume the additional duties of CFO for K2 (K2)....Major League Lacrosse (MLL) promoted COO DAVID GROSS to Commissioner. Gross is the league’s first commissioner (MLL).

YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE HART: The MLB Rangers announced that GM JOHN HART, who is in the final year of three-year, $6M contract and had a separate five-year deal to become a consultant beginning next season, will remain as GM. Rangers Owner TOM HICKS said that he and Hart would work out the details after the season and that it “could be a year-to-year arrangement.” Assistant GM GRADY FUSON, who was hired three years ago with Hart and announced as his eventual successor, signed a contract extension earlier this year through ’05. If Fuson decides to leave, it is “expected he would still receive that salary –- in the area of $500,000 –- as a buyout” (Evan Grant, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 7/22). In Ft. Worth, T.R. Sullivan notes Hicks at the All-Star break offered Fuson a two-year contract to become GM at the end of the season, “contingent on Hart deciding not to come back” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 7/22).

FRANCHISE: The Browns officially named former Redskins VP/Communications JULIA PAYNE VP/Communications and Akron Beacon Journal Browns beat writer PATRICK MCMANAMON Editor & Columnist for Clevelandbrowns.com (Browns)....The Texans promoted Dir of Marketing KIM BABIAK to VP/Marketing and Ticket Service Manager BRYAN MOYNIHAN to Dir of Ticket Services (Texans)....The NHL Panthers named UHL Adirondack Frostbite GM MATT LOUGHRAN Dir of Hockey Operations for the AHL San Antonio Rampage (Panthers).

MORE EXECS: Global Spectrum named Lansing (MI) Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority President PETER SULLIVAN GM of the NFL Cardinals’ new Glendale stadium (Global Spectrum)....StadiumTRAY named former Georgia State Univ. AD G. RANKIN COOTER VP/Sponsorship Marketing (StadiumTRAY)....Former Bonham Group VP/Sales & Marketing MATT YONAN has started his own sports and entertainment marketing company, Tigris Sponsorship & Marketing (Tigris)....Frankel, Chicago, promoted CHRIS TULL to Sports & Entertainment Marketing Dir (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/21)....Strategic Sports Group (SSG) named JILL HABER Account Supervisor. Most recently, Haber was managing sponsorships for Castrol/BP (SSG)....The Alamo Bowl named Spurs Promotions Assistant JOLENE HOOD Event Marketing Coordinator (Alamo Bowl)....STEPHEN OWEN was named Canadian Minister of State for Sport in Prime Minister PAUL MARTIN’s new cabinet, replacing STAN KEYES, who lost his seat in the June 28 federal election (TORONTO SUN, 7/21).

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