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David Katz Leaves Yahoo
Former CSTV execs DAN CHECKETTS, JOHN MELVILLE and BRYAN SEELEY have formed the independent consultancy Impact Sports & Media....ESPN.com promoted Senior Dir & Exec Editor KEVIN JACKSON to VP & Exec Editor (THE DAILY)....The A’s named Sony Peripherals & Enhancements Group GM JIM LEAHEY VP/Sales & Marketing (A’s)....The Indians named former Rangers manager BUCK SHOWALTER Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations (Indians)....The Flyers promoted CHRIS PRYOR to Dir of Hockey Operations and named DON LUCE Dir of Player Development. DAVE BROWN remains Dir of Player Personnel. In Philadelphia, Tim Panaccio writes the move puts new GM PAUL HOLMGREN’s “stamp on a reorganization that began under Comcast-Spectacor President PETER LUUKKO as far back as last summer” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/4)....MLS FC Dallas named STEVE LANGE and SETH HAMMOND Corporate Sponsorships Managers and CHAD MEINTS Sponsorship Services Manager (THE DAILY).
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TIGER WOODS will develop his first golf course in Dubai, called Tiger Woods Dubai, that will feature a 7,700-yard, par-72 golf course, a 60,000-square-foot clubhouse, a golf academy, 320 villas and an 80-suite boutique hotel. The joint venture between Woods and Tatweer, a member of the government-affiliated Dubai Holding, is scheduled to be finished in late ’09 (AP, 12/3).
BRIEF CASE: The S.F. CHRONICLE, challenging a judge’s contempt-of-court order to imprison reporters MARK FAINARU-WADA and LANCE WILLIAMS for refusing to reveal who leaked grand jury testimony in the BALCO case, “told a federal appeals court Friday that the public interest and evolving legal doctrines require recognition of a journalist’s right to protect confidential sources.” The brief argued if the order was upheld, it would be “an unprecedented extension of subpoena power against the press.” It also noted that the “only comparable cases in the past have involved national security” (Bob Egelko, S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/2).
Seeing Stars: Ford Becomes
Engaged To Mike Modano
NAMES: The Magic will pay for the funeral of 14-year-old DAVID RYAN GALLANT, who was hit by an SUV while riding his bicycle last week. The family “didn’t have life insurance for David and couldn’t afford the funeral and burial costs” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 12/3)....Univ. of Oregon AD BILL MOOS “acknowledged that Nike representatives were involved in research and planning” for an athletic academic center “that will cost at least” $4M. Moos said that the money “has yet to be raised and that the athletic department’s largest donor, Nike founder PHIL KNIGHT, had not contributed to the project” (OREGONIAN, 12/2)....Stars C MIKE MODANO and singer WILLA FORD are engaged (PEOPLE.com, 12/1).