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As reported in yesterday’s Morning Buzz, AEG Exec VP & CFO DAN BECKERMAN will also assume the position of COO, while current Exec VP & General Counsel TED FIKRE has been promoted to Chief Legal & Development Officer. In addition, the company has formed AEG Global Partnerships, which will be led by newly named AEG Global Partnerships President TODD GOLDSTEIN and COO SHERVIN MIRHASHEMI (THE DAILY).
NBA: NBA Canada promoted Dir of Marketing DAN MACKENZIE to GM, where he will be responsible for growing the NBA’s Canadian TV business in conjunction with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. MacKenzie will report to Senior VP/Team Marketing & Business Operations SCOTT O’NEIL. In addition, NBA Canada named GEORGE DUDAS Manager of Business Development, LEAH BROWN Manager of Licensing & Merchandising and JONATHAN CHANG Manager of Marketing Partnerships (NBA).
MEDIA: Turner Sports named MATTHEW HONG VP/GM of Sports Digital for the company’s new media division, effective May 19. Hong will be responsible for the overall management and supervision of business operations for Turner Sports’ new media portfolio, which includes NASCAR.com, PGATour.com and PGA.com, as well as broadband channels “TNT OverTime” on NBA.com and “TBS Hot Corner” on MLB.com (Turner)....ESPN named BRETT HURWITZ VP/Ad Sales Operations (ESPN).
FRANCHISE: The upstart Philadelphia MLS team has hired ROB SMITH as Dir of Operations and DAVE DEBUSSCHERE as CFO, the team's first two front-office execs (THE DAILY, 5/13)....Former MLBer DAN PETRY was named Dir of Suite Sales for the Lions and Ford Field. For the last 16 years, Petry has been in the paper industry, most recently as Automotive Specification Sales Rep at Int’l Paper Co. (Lions).
EXECS: KemperSports named SCOTT DEROSIER GM of Independence Golf Club, the Virginia State Golf Association Foundation’s statewide home (KemperSports)....Stats LLC promoted RYAN WARKINS to U.S. Sports Product Manager (Stats).
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A 2:00pm ET press conference has been scheduled today at which LPGA member ANNIKA SORENSTAM will announce her retirement, effective at the end of the season (AP, 5/13).
FRONT PAGE NEWS: In a USA TODAY front-page cover story, Jill Lieber Steeg writes under the header, “Disputes Reflect Continuing Tension Over Title IX: Ruling Fuels New Lawsuits On Gender Equality In Sports.” The U.S. Supreme Court in '05 ruled that “whistleblowers who allege retaliation in Title IX cases can sue for monetary damages.” The disputes “reflect the ongoing tension over the law that bans sex discrimination at schools receiving federal funds” (USA TODAY, 5/13).
POLITICS' DIRTY SIDE: HBO's "Real Sports" last night examined former NBAer KEVIN JOHNSON's candidacy in the Sacramento mayoral race. After announcing his intentions to run for the office, several allegations of sexual misconduct involving Johnson came to light. But when asked whether Johnson is a favorite to win, HBO's James Brown said, “He still looks pretty good. He’s got the backing of a number of major organizations there” ("Real Sports," HBO, 5/12).
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NAMES: Steelers WR HINES WARD’s Locker Room Bar & Grille will be auctioned off May 23 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Bidding on the bar will start at $920,000. Ward “will buy the business for $900,000 if no one bids more than $920,000” (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 5/13)….Suns Vice Chair SAM GARVIN, nearly three years after he sold his interest in Continental Promotion Group, is “working to launch a new promotions-and-rebates business that will compete with his former company” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 5/13)….Hendrick Motorsports Owner Rick Hendrick and his wife, Linda, today at Central Piedmont Community College’s commencement will be presented with the school’s Distinguished Service Award (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/13)....Actress SALMA HAYEK yesterday in Boston helped christen Puma’s new racing boat the II Mostro (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/13).