SBD/Issue 216/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

The NBA named MARK MASTALIR Senior Dir of Business Development. He was previously Dir of Sports Marketing for the Americas Region at Nike (THE DAILY)....The Minnesota Ballpark Authority, which will oversee the new Twins ballpark, appointed DAN KENNEY as its first Exec Dir. His starting salary is $110,000. Kenney helped develop the ballpark’s financing plan (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/5). The three-year contract is renewable (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/5)....AHL Charlotte Checkers President JEFF LONGO signed a three-year extension through August ’09 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/6)....Chip Ganassi Racing named former Dodge Dir of Motorsports JOHN FERNANDEZ Managing Dir, where he will oversee the NASCAR teams (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/5).

TICKETMASTER: Ticketmaster has formed Ticketmaster Venue Relations to facilitate ticketing programs and services for venue clients, and Cottonblend, an in-house new media design studio. Venue Relations is headed by Exec VP/Sales & Marketing DAVID GOLDBERG and Senior VP/Venue Relations MIKE MCGEE. Ticketmaster Central Region Senior VP NEAL GUNN has been named Senior VP in the venue group (Ticketmaster).

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