SBD/Issue 162/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

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, and, as well as broadband channels “TNT OverTime” on and “TBS Hot Corner” on (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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