SBD/Issue 168/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

MSG promoted Senior VP/MSG Sports & Facility Event Sales JOEL FISHER to Exec VP/MSG Sports & Arena Renovation, reporting to Cablevision and MSG Vice Chair HANK RATNER on MSG's renovation project, and MSG Sports President & COO STEVE MILLS. Fisher will continue to head the MSG Sports Properties division (MSG), a fantasy sports operator, named KELLY PERDEW CEO. Previously, Perdew was President of, a subsidiary of ProElite Inc. (RotoHog)....The AP named MICHAEL LUTZKY Dir of Product Development for AP Sports. Most recently, Lutzky was an associate with McKinsey & Company (AP).

FRANCHISE: MLB Cardinals VP/Community Outreach & Cardinals Care TIM HANSER has announced his resignation to pursue a new career with the acquisition of a St. Louis-based manufacturing and distribution company (Cardinals).

EXECS: Famous Footwear named WILLIE SMITH Senior VP/Marketing. Most recently, Smith was Steve & Barry’s CMO of Athletics (, 5/20)....Gameday Management Group named LISA FREEDMAN Project Administrator for Bus Systems Management for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Freedman has planned and organized all aspects of corporate, sports, television, live entertainment and hospitality events, including the Super Bowl and the ’02 Salt Lake Games, among others (Gameday Management Group).

COLLEGE: Army has restructured its Athletic Department, announcing the following changes: Senior Associate AD for Athletic Communications BOB BERETTA will now serve as Senior Associate AD for Athletic Communications, Relationships & Branding and will oversee Army’s multi-media and broadcasting, marketing and development efforts; Associate AD NATE PINE was promoted to a role in strategic planning for the Army Athletic Association; Dir of Multi-Media Services, Broadcasting & Community Outreach RICH DEMARCO was promoted to Assistant AD for Multi-Media & Broadcasting and will continue to serve as part of Army’s football broadcasting team, as well as the radio play-by-play voice for Army men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and lacrosse; BRIAN GUNNING was promoted to Assistant AD for Athletic Communications; and DOUG FILLIS was named Assistant AD for Development & Revenue Generation. The following were given new titles: MADY SALVANI, Dir of Research & Special Reports; RYAN YANOSHAK, Dir of Licensing & Branding; TIM VOLKMANN, Dir of Media Event Management; and TRACY NELSON, Dir of Internet Services (Army).

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