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IMG/TWI named Lion Television VP/Development & Exec Producer CATHERINE SCHEINMAN VP/Development (IMG)....Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic promoted VP/Business Development SCOTT LANGERMAN to Senior VP/Business & Programming Development (Comcast SportsNet)....The City of Denver named MIKE BLAKE Marketing Dir, replacing ANGELA BAIER. Previously, Blake was a marketing exec with the Ocean Journey aquarium, Nuggets, Avalanche and Denver Botanic Gardens (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 10/7)....Chicago-based Marketing Werks, Inc. named T.J. NOLAN Dir of Sales. Previously, Nolan was Senior Account Supervisor & Dir of Sponsorships at Kemper Lesnik Sports & Event Marketing, overseeing corporate sponsorships for Sprint, EA Sports, Staples and Marriott Hotels (Marketing Werks)....The Marketing Arm named TIM DYER Creative Manager (The Marketing Arm).
FRANCHISE: Mariners VP & Special Assistant to the GM ROGER JONGEWAARD announced his retirement after nearly 20 years with the team (Mariners)....Redskins Dir of PR MICHELLE TESSIER has resigned from the team. Tessier had been with the team since ’00 (WASHINGTON POST, 10/7)....The T’Wolves and Lynx named CHADWICK FOLKESTAD Game Operations & Events Supervisor and ANNA MERCADO Marketing Coordinator (T’Wolves)....The Dodgers named NORAH CHUNG as Customer Service Rep. Chung: “With the recent acquisition of South Korean HEE-SEOP CHOI the Dodgers were looking for someone who spoke Korean to accommodate the increased interest from the Korean community here in Los Angeles.” In addition, the UHL K.C. Outlaws named CASEY BOHR and JON WILLIG as Corporate Marketing Execs (Game Face).
SECRETARY’S DAY: Magna Entertainment Corp. SEAN GREELY Racing Secretary for Golden Gate Fields. Greely replaces TOM DOUTRICH, who resigned in August. Greely previously served as Racing Secretary at Hialeah Park from ’99-’00 and at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands from ’00-03 (THOROUGHBREDTIMES.com, 10/6)....Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) named D. BEN HUFFMAN Dir of Racing & Racing Secretary for its Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Huffman will assume his new duties as soon as CDI completes the purchase of the track, which is scheduled to occur around October 15. Huffman, who served as Dir of Racing & Racing Secretary at Fair Grounds during the ’03-04 racing season, will also continue in his current post as Racing Secretary for both the fall and spring meets at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY (CDI).
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In N.Y., gossip columnist Elisa Lipsky-Karasz reported Cavaliers G LEBRON JAMES was supposed to be on the cover of this month’s GQ, but when the editors got the photos of actress LINDSAY LOHAN “pulling her pants down ... they rushed to put the luscious teen on the cover” (N.Y. POST, 10/3).
CAPITAL CALL: In Colorado Springs, Meri-Jo Borzilleri reported the traditional trip to the White House for U.S. Olympians and Paralympians costs about $800 per athlete, a total of $400,000 for the 500 athletes expected to accept, and USOC officials “are scrambling to raise money from sponsors and private donations after the trip, unbeknownst to athletes, was axed from the budget in a cost-cutting move last year” (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 10/2).
CURTAIN CALL: In Portland, Margie Boule reported former NBAer MICHAEL HARPER is starring in the play “THE FORMER ONE-ON-ONE BASKETBALL CHAMPION” October 15-31 at the Oregon Children’s Theatre. Harper plays “a former NBA star in a pickup game against a 14-year-old kid who once idolized him. Shot by shot, line by line, the two grapple with the tensions between fans and heroes, big shots and has-beens, fathers and sons. But the play is also about people facing challenges, doing things they’re afraid of.” The play is directed by STAN FOOTE (Portland OREGONIAN, 10/7).
BIRD CALL: In Indianapolis, David Woods reports U.S. swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS was presented his Gold Medal after winning the 200m freestyle at the World Swimming Championships yesterday by Pacers President of Basketball Operations LARRY BIRD. Phelps already has a Pacers jersey autographed by Bird, Pacers G REGGIE MILLER and Pacers F JERMAINE O’NEAL (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/8).
LONG DISTANCE CALL: TIME’s Josh Tyrangiel profiles Pistons Dir of Int’l Scouting TONY RONZONE, and writes, “The irony that the world’s best international basketball scout is also the world’s worst student of foreign languages is not lost on Ronzone’s peers. Pistons VP/Basketball Operations JOHN HAMMOND: “He can’t speak any language at all. Yet he travels to these obscure places and builds lasting relationships with all kinds of people. It’s amazing” (TIME, 10/11 issue).
While the Expos’ relocation to DC remains contingent on a number of issues, the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority (VBSA) on Thursday released a statement saying it will remain in existence indefinitely and will remain available if MLB finds it necessary to seek other options for the Expos (VBSA). VBSA Chair KEITH FREDERICK: “You never know what might happen. There is time to come back to us with a (memorandum of understanding) if there’s a need to.” In DC, Eric Fisher reports VBSA’s Reston, VA-based HQs “will remain open and fully staffed” and will continue to be led by Exec Dir GABE PAUL JR. The VBSA was “slated a month ago to run out of money by December,” but is now projecting a year-end surplus, “due mostly to the elimination of the need to keep developing plans for a ballpark in Loudoun County” (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/8).