SBD/Issue 144/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Breeders’ Cup Ltd. removed the interim tag from President & CEO GREG AVIOLI after a six-month search conducted by the BOD and a search firm. Avioli was previously NTRA Deputy Commissioner & COO (NTRA).

FRANCHISE: The Blue Jackets named JMac Inc. President MIKE PRIEST President to replace DOUG MACLEAN, who was fired this week as President & GM (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 4/20)....The Cavaliers promoted PAUL BEE to Sales Exec, MICHAEL BEHAN to Inside Sales Manager, LAUREN FAIRCHILD to Sales Exec, NICK FRASCO to Corporate Sales Exec, DANIEL ROSENTHAL to Business Development Specialist and BOB SIVIK to Business Development Manager. The team also named KATE MCSHEA Manager of Game Presentation, HEATHER WOLF HR Manager, AMIR HILL Business Development Specialist and SARAH JAMIESON Web Production Coordinator. Meanwhile, the AHL Lake Erie Monsters, part of the Cleveland Cavaliers Holdings Co., promoted SCOTT FRIEDMAN to Sales Consultant and BEN SHANK to Youth Hockey Specialist and named JOSH MORIN VP/Corporate Sales, TOM BONDA Dir of Business Development, JEFF BOWLER Sales Consultant, and ELLEN GRILL and GREG PRYMICZ Corporate Sales Execs (Cavaliers).

EXECS: The LSU Board of Supervisors’ Athletic Committee approved a new three-year contract for AD SKIP BERTMAN, under which he becomes AD Emeritus in the final two years (TIMES-PICAYUNE, 4/20)....Puerto Rico-based 7 Sports Productions named RAMON CORRADA VP/Sales (THE DAILY)....The Massachusetts Golf Association named JOE SPRAGUE JR. Exec Dir, succeeding TOM LANDRY. Previously, Sprague was Exec Dir of the Rhode Island Golf Association (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/19).

VENUE: Calgary’s Centre for Sports Excellence named DAN MORO VP/Facility Development for the Calgary Olympic Development Association. Moro was a member of the VANOC organizing team (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/19)....Mansfield Motorsports Park President & GM CHRIS MIZE is resigning, saying “he’s burned out and worn out.” No timetable has been set to replace him (MANSFIELD NEWS JOURNAL, 4/17)....Dover Int’l Speedway named Stageco U.S. National Account Manager CRAIG AMHAUS Business Development Manager and Speakman Company Inventory Control Manager LARRY JONES Merchandise Supervisor (Dover Int’l Speedway).

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