Honda Classic Adds New Legends Club MLBAM Hires Michael Paull To Be BAMTech CEO Kings Cite Culture Change For Trading Cousins Monster Focused On Younger Audience At Daytona NBA ASG Has Best Viewership Since '13 Former Player Says WNBA Has "Harmful Culture" Dynamo Sign Roc Nation In Three-Tiered Deal Sources: BC Wasn't Going To Renew Bates' Contract Plans Released For San Diego's "SoccerCity" Podcast With SB Committee Chair Ric Campo
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JUSTIN JOHNSON has resigned as CMO at Indianapolis-based Just Marketing Int’l for personal reasons. Johnson joined the company in ’07, having previously served in NASCAR’s N.Y. office as Managing Dir of Partnership Marketing. Prior to that, Johnson was MLB VP/Corporate Sales (THE DAILY).
AGENCIES: Relay Worldwide has promoted Account Exec LOU GOLDHABER to Account Supervisor. Goldhaber has been involved in the agency's work for Sharp Electronic's MLB activation of the Sharp Aquos brand (Relay)....Octagon has promoted Group Dir BO HEINER to VP and KAMI TASNADY from Account Dir to Group Dir (Octagon).
PLAYER'S CLUB: The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) announced the following have joined its BOD: OTIS BIRDSONG, CHARLES SMITH, CHARLES KUPEC and MACK CALVIN (NBRPA)....MLBPA has hired Unite Here General Counsel DAVID PROUTY and National Labor Relations Board Field Attorney EMILY CABRERA as Staff Lawyers. Prouty will join MLBPA later this spring, while Cabrera is scheduled to start in April (MLBAM).
EXECS: The Orioles promoted the following: Dir of Media Relations BILL STETKA to Dir of Outreach & Development; Dir of Public Affairs MONICA PENCE to Dir of PR; and Media Relations Assistant JAY MOSKOWITZ to Coordinator of Baseball Information. The team also hired SARAH LEONG as PR Assistant (Orioles)....MountainWest Sports Network (MWSN) announcer BILL DOLEMAN will move from the broadcast booth to the studio and serve as a network anchor (MWSN)....The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) has named Logicalis Technical Architect JIM OBERHOLTZER VP/Technology (USBC)....Medalist Sports has promoted Venue Dir KELLY GREENE to VP/Event Management and Dir of Client Services VIRGINIA KAVANAUGH to VP/Corporate Partnerships. Medalist also hired APRIL GELLATLY as Client Services Manager (Medalist).
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Former MLBer JIM LEYRITZ yesterday was "hit with a wrongful-death suit" for his role in a December car accident in Florida that led to the death of Fredia Ann Veitch. Authorities said that Leyritz slammed into Veitch's car after running a red light. A blood test three hours after the incident revealed Leyritz "had a blood-alcohol level of .14, almost twice the legal limit." The lawsuit calls for damages "in excess of $15,000," but "could be worth millions" (N.Y. POST, 3/26).
FORE: New Orleans-based chef PAUL PRUDHOMME yesterday morning was setting up his tent on the practice range at the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans when a bullet "cut the skin on [his] arm and left a hole in his white chef's coat." Prudhomme, who was cooking for players, caddies and guests at the event, was "undeterred and kept cooking" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 3/26).
SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Former WTAer Monica Seles was eliminated from ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” last night. Judge Bruno Tonioli told Seles, “You really are a legend ... and you threw yourself into the deep end. You’re not a performer and it is very hard for you.” After being eliminated, Seles said, “I’m huge fan of dance now and I look forward to continuing” ( ABC, 3/25)....DAVID MAMET's MMA drama "Redbelt" has been chosen as the gala premiere at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival April 25, followed by a May 2 bicoastal release and a national release the following week (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/25).
NAMES: Sporting News has selected Packers GM TED THOMPSON as its George Young NFL Executive Of The Year (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 3/25)....Patriots LB TEDY BRUSCHI yesterday met with Massachusetts Gov. DEVAL PATRICK and legislative leaders at the State House "urging them to spend more on stroke-awareness programs" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/26)....ERNIE BANKS is "launching his own wine labels" with fellow Baseball HOFers MIKE SCHMIDT and EDDIE MURRAY. All of the players' proceeds will go directly to the charity of their choice. The wines are produced by California-based Eos Estate Winery, and will be available in May for about $17 per bottle (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/26)....ESPN Senior VP/Marketing KATIE LACEY and Rogers Communication Chief Strategy Officer MIKE LEE were named co-Chairs for CTAM Summit '08, which will be held November 9-11 in Boston (CABLEFAX DAILY, 3/26).