SBD/Issue 73/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Johnson Begins Tenure
As USTA Chair & President

The AP reports that Ohio State AD ANDY GEIGER “is retiring after two years of turmoil that included allegations of improper benefits by football star Maurice Clarett” (AP, 1/5)....The USTA officially announced FRANKLIN JOHNSON will begin his two-year term as Chair & President this week and will serve on the USTA’s 15-member BOD through ’06 (USTA)....Magna Global Entertainment, a division of The Interpublic Group of Companies, named SUNTA IZZICUPO Principal of Magna Global Programming. Izzicupo has been an independent consultant since leaving CBS in ’02 (Magna).

FRANCHISE: The Jets named BOB JORDAN VP/Design & Construction. Jordan has experience in the design, construction and operations of sport and public facilities, most recently with American Airlines Center and Reunion Arena in Dallas (Jets)....The Astros named Warner Bros. Studios Facilities Group Dir of HR LARRY STOKES Dir of HR. In addition, the team promoted the following: BRAD BOURLAND to Dir of Procurement & Technology; YVETTE CASARES-WILLIS to Advertising & Sales Manager; JESSICA HORTON to Payroll & Benefits Manager; and JORDON KALINA to HR Coordinator (Astros)....The Triple-A PCL Sacramento River Cats named LOUELLA CHYO Group Sales Rep (Game Face).

NEW VOICES: The Champ Car World Series named STEVE SHUNCK Dir of PR and TOM MCGOVERN PR Specialist. Shunck, who previously served as Champ Car Dir of Broadcast PR until ’02, was a PR exec at Michigan Int’l Speedway for the past two years. McGovern was on the communications staff of the IRL’s Andretti Green Racing (Champ Car).

AUTHORITY FIGURES: Kentucky Gov. ERNIE FLETCHER named Kentucky Speedway Chair & co-Owner JERRY CARROLL to the new 15-member Kentucky Sports Authority (KSA), which will be led by Lieutenant Gov. STEVE PENCE. Other KSA members include Kentucky Commerce Cabinet Secretary JIM HOST, Environmental & Public Protection Cabinet Secretary LAJUANA WILCHER, WAYNE MARTIN, CHARLIE MARTIN, MYRA BLACKWELDER, DR. GEORGE GINTER, KATHY DEBOER, LOUIS STOUT, JOSEPH TERRY, LARRY BISIG, DONNA SMITH and WADE HOUSTON (Kentucky Speedway)....The Oregon Sports Authority elected to its BOD Trail Blazers CMO DECLAN BOLGER, JEFFREY FISHER of Freightliner LLC, SONJA HENNING of Tonkon Torp LLP, TOMMY KAIN of Nike and ADAM MCGINTY of Clear Channel Outdoor (Oregon Sports Authority).

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