SBD/Issue 142/Sports Industrialists

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  • Executive Transactions

    Tigers VP/Communications ROB MATWICK will take on oversight of ticket sales, replacing BOB RAYMOND, who was named VP/Business Operations for the Lions and Ford Field. Matwick will split Raymond’s duties with Senior Dir of Marketing ELLEN ZERINGUE, who was promoted to VP. Zeringue will handle the marketing oversight that was part of Raymond’s responsibilities (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 4/14 issue)....CHEN ZHILI has been appointed Mayor of the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Villages. Chen is Vice Chair of the National People's Congress Standing Committee and BOCOG First VP (BOCOG)....New Zealand-based Icebreaker named RUSS HOPCUS President of its U.S. company, effective May 15. Previously, Hopcus was adidas Senior VP/Sales from ’05-08 (Icebreaker).

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  • Names In The News

    TV WEEK this week ranks CBS News and Sports President SEAN MCMANUS as the No. 8 most powerful person in TV news. TV WEEK's Michele Greppi writes McManus is "smart" and "solid." McManus is "wise to the fun and frightful ways of the rollercoaster of an industry he was born into" as the son of ABC's JIM MCKAY (TV WEEK, 4/14 issue)....ESPN President GEORGE BODENHEIMER was elected to the Cable HOF Class of '08. Bodenheimer, along with five others, will be inducted into the hall during a ceremony in Denver October 16 (THE DAILY).

    SPORTS & POLITICS: Italian soccer club AC Milan Owner and former Italy Prime Minister SILVIO BERLUSCONI yesterday regained power in the country, marking his third victory in five attempts since '94 (AP, 4/14)....U.S. Olympic silver medalist and MMA fighter MATT LINDLAND is running for a spot in the Oregon state House (, 4/14).

    WORKOUT WARRIOR: NHL Exec VP/Marketing BRIAN JENNINGS today is featured in the WALL STREET JOURNAL's "What's Your Workout?" feature. Jennings and about 30 other NHL employees on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30pm ET meet at the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers in N.Y. to play hockey and have training sessions. The NHL for more than 10 years has paid for the ice time (, 4/15).

    Marino To Deliver Commencement
    Address At Pitt Graduation
    NAMES: Pro Football HOFer DAN MARINO on April 27 will deliver the commencement address at the Univ. of Pittsburgh, his alma mater (THE DAILY)....The Yankees later this week as part of a donation to the Jimmy Fund will send the jersey of Red Sox DH DAVID ORTIZ that the team removed from underneath the new Yankee Stadium to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Boston (BOSTON HERALD, 4/15)....Former NFLer HERSCHEL WALKER said during an interview with ABC’s “Nightline” and in his new book “BREAKING FREE” that he “nearly took his own life and the lives of others as he struggled with Dissociative Identity Disorder” (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/15). 

    IN MEMORY: Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer sports editor & columnist RANDY SMITH yesterday collapsed and died at the age of 61.’s Richard Deitsch writes Smith "leaves a lasting memory of lovely copy” (, 4/14).

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