SBD/Issue 238/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

LEE JENKINS has been hired on as a Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated, leaving the N.Y. Times after four years (SI)....EA named TRUDY MULLER Senior Dir of Casual Entertainment PR. Muller previously worked at EA as Corporate Communications Manager and later as a representative for S.F.-based PR and marketing agency Sutherland Gold Group (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal)....Arkansas attorney JOEY MCCUTCHEN has formally announced the launch of NextLevel Sports, which represents collegiate and professional coaches, collegiate ADs and pro front-office personal in contract and endorsement negotiations. The firm, in operation since April, has already signed a dozen clients, including Univ. of Nebraska men’s basketball coach DOC SADLER (NextLevel)....NBC Sports named ADAM FREIFELD Dir of Communications. For the past two years, Freifeld was Media Publicity Consultant with AMF Communications, which he founded in October ’06. From ’99-05, Freifeld was Senior Publicist for ABC Sports (NBC)....The Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau named TANGIER PRITCHETT Sports Marketing Manager (THE DAILY).

BOARD MOVES: ISC named EDSEL FORD II to the BOD. Ford, who will be formally elected in November, will take over the seat of Chair Bill France. Ford has been VP of Ford Motor Co. since '93 (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 9/6)....AFL Chicago Rush co-Owner and Palisades Baseball Managing Partner PETER LEVIN has joined the BOD of Sulake Corp., a Finnish company behind Habbo, a virtual world aimed at teenagers (Fisher, SBJ)....Global Entertainment Corp. announced DONALD HEAD was elected to serve as Vice-Chair. Head has been a member of the BOD since ’00. The company also named Capital Title Group CFO & Corporate Controller JAMES YEAGER Senior VP & CFO and Cheifetz Iannitelli Marcolini P.C. Counsel JAMES DOMAZ VP & General Counsel (Global Entertainment)....RONDA ASHLEY was named VP in the Sports Insurance Division for Bollinger, Inc. Most recently, Ashley was with Summit America Insurance Services where she specialized in sports and recreation insurance programs (Bollinger).

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