SBD/Issue 175/Sports Industrialists

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  • Executive Transactions

    IMG promoted IMG Sports & Entertainment CMO ROBERT BIRGE to IMG Worldwide CMO (IMG).

    IN TIME: Time Warner promoted HBO COO BILL NELSON to CEO, succeeding former Chair & CEO CHRIS ALBRECHT, who left the net last month after being charged with assaulting his girlfriend. HBO also promoted execs HAROLD AKSELRAD, ERIC KESSLER and RICHARD PLEPLER to the new positions of co-President (Mult., 6/6).

    EXECS: TicketsNow named former Expedia Corporate Travel President CHERYL ROSNER President & CEO, replacing Founder MIKE DOMEK, who will remain Chair (TicketsNow)....Joost named MIKE VOLPI CEO, replacing FREDRIK DE WAHL, who remains as Chief Strategy Officer.  Volpi was most recently Senior VP & GM for Cisco's routing and service provider technology (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 6/6)....EA named former Activision exec KATHY VRABECK President of the newly-formed EA Casual Entertainment (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/6)....Puma announced Esprit Int’l Product Dir Women MELODY HARRIS-JENSBACH will be appointed to Puma’s Board of Management, effective January 1. Harris-Jensbach will be responsible on the board for product, product development, design, business unit management and worldwide sourcing for Puma Retail Business, replacing the retiring MARTIN GAENSLER (Puma)....Butler Univ. named TOM CROWLEY Associate AD (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/5)....Game Face named STEPHEN MASTERSON Placement Manager. Most recently, Masterson was Candidate Generation Specialist for KForce Professional Staffing, and prior to that, served in the AFL's communications department (Game Face).

    FRANCHISE: The Trail Blazers named Bucks Dir of PR CHERI HANSON VP/Communications (Trail Blazers).  The Bucks promoted PR Manager DAN SMYCZEK to Dir of PR, replacing Hanson (Bucks)....The Penguins named RON PORTER Senior Consultant, serving as a liaison between the team and residents and businesses of the Hill District, where a new arena will be constructed for the team. Porter is a resident of the Hill District (, 6/5).

    MEDIA: Blood-Horse Publications named RALPH WEICKEL Dir of Advertising. Previously, Weickel was Principal & Owner of Lexington, KY-based Performance Management LLC, a consulting and training company he founded in ’98 (Blood-Horse)....AllStarStats/Rotoworld named RICK CORDELLA Coordinating Producer & GM of AllStarStats and announced an expanded role for RICK WOLF beyond AllStarStats/Rotoworld to help in NBC Sports and Olympics (THE DAILY)....FSN named MATT GUBBA and JULIE LEHR Account Execs and DANIELLE IMLER Traffic Assistant. Most recently, Gubba was at Clear Channel Radio where he was an Account Exec for Pittsburgh’s WXDX-FM. Lehr worked in sales and marketing at Duquesne Univ. and Nationwide Insurance (FSN)....Takkle, a social network for high school sports, named MIKEY POWELL to its Board of Advisors (Takkle).

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  • Names In The News

    Sources Say Scott's Income 
    Topped $1M In '06
    SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Daniel Kaplan reports in '06, the head of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour earned more than the head of the ATP “for the first time in the more than three decades the groups have existed.” Sources said WTA CEO LARRY SCOTT made more than $1M, with bonuses, while tax returns state ATP Chair & CEO ETIENNE DE VILLIERS earned $763,966 (SBJ, 6/4 issue).

    BUY & SELL: AMERICAN SKIING CO. has agreed to sell Maine resorts Sunday River and Sugarloaf/USA to Michigan-based BOYNE USA for $77M and the assumption of $2M in debt and liabilities, “passing on a competing bid from its former [CEO] LES OTTEN.” American Skiing has sold all five of its New England resorts since December for a combined $421M. It now only owns The Canyons in Park City, Utah (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/6)....Sports Direct Deputy Exec Chair & Founder MIKE ASHLEY, who bought a 3% stake in adidas at the end of March for US$358.8M, made a US$57.8M profit after selling the entire share (Manchester GUARDIAN, 6/6).

    ENERGY SOURCE: Chesapeake Energy Corp. Chair & CEO AUBREY MCCLENDON paid $400,000 to run full-page ads in the Wall Street Journal, N.Y. Times, Washington Post, Raleigh News & Observer and Durham Herald-Sun praising Duke Univ. lacrosse players for “standing tall during extraordinarily difficult circumstances over the past 15 months” (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 6/6).

    NAMES: A Sotheby’s auction of 343 lots of sports memorabilia brought in $4.73M. Items included the jersey worn by Knicks C WILLIS REED during Game Seven of the ’70 NBA Finals, which sold for $90,000, and the ’51 World Series ring of HOF Yankees manager CASEY STENGEL, which sold for $180,000 (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 6/6)....MUHAMMAD ALI received an honorary doctorate at Princeton Univ. (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 6/6)....Colts President BILL POLIAN, a former GM of the Bills, was among the 11 people selected for induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports HOF in October (BUFFALO NEWS, 6/6)....The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games were awarded to Athens over finalists Cleveland and Rabat, Morocco (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 6/6)....Lenovo China VP/Olympic Marketing and Head of Brand Communications ALICE LI was included among AD AGE's 30 Women To Watch (AD AGE, 6/4 issue).

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