SBD/Issue 236/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Daniel Kaplan reports Players Inc. Senior VP CLAY WALKER has resigned. Neither a Players Inc. spokesperson nor Walker would reveal why he left, and Walker indicated that he “would reveal this week what his plans are” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/4 issue).

OLYMPICS: co-Founder & Chair ALEX BALFOUR has joined London 2012 as Head of New Media. Balfour will be responsible for and will lead development of digital technologies (London 2012)....IOC VP CHIHARU IGAYA will Chair the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2014 Winter Olympics (IOC).

FRANCHISES: NHL Panthers GM MIKE KEENAN has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Coach JACQUES MARTIN has assumed the GM duties (Panthers). Owner ALAN COHEN “is said to have tried to talk Keenan out of leaving” (MIAMI HERALD, 9/4).... WNBA Mercury GM SETH SULKA has stepped down (Mercury).... Celtics Dir of Community Relations WAYNE LEVY left the team after 19 years to become President of Boston-based non-profit organization Metro Lacrosse (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/3).

EXECS: CSTV named BOB ROSE Exec VP/Distribution. Rose was Court TV Exec VP/Affiliate Relations until Turner Broadcasting acquired the net (CABLEFAX DAILY, 9/6)....Nets Sports & Entertainment President & CEO BRETT YORMARK has joined the AVP’s BOD (AVP)....Former Jets defensive coordinator TED COTTRELL is “working in the NFL office as the appeals officer on player fines” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/3)....Agent COLIN SMEETON is leaving Blue Equity to join PERRY ROGERS’ Las Vegas-based Agassi Enterprises, where he will help manage golfer ADAM SCOTT. The firm represents only one athlete per sport, but with ANDRE AGASSI’s retirement, it is not clear whether Rogers would take on an active tennis player (THE DAILY).

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