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  • Heat F Michael Beasley Denies Report Involving Agent Switch

    Beasley In Market For New Agent?
    Heat F MICHAEL BEASLEY yesterday confirmed that he "has had disagreements with" agent JOEL BELL, but Beasley "denied reports that he has reached out to other agents," according to Michael Wallace of the MIAMI HERALD. Beasley's live-in personal assistant BRUCE SHINGLER said, "There have been some differences over terms, and things haven't all worked out like we thought. But that stuff out there is not true. It's a lot of rumors." Shingler "would not say if Beasley had notified the NBA of any [intentions] to switch agents," and league rules "require players to wait 15 days before signing with another agent" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/15). YAHOO SPORTS' Adrian Wojnarowski  reported "when reached by text message Saturday, agent Joel Bell didn't deny that Beasley ... had fired him." Sources said that Beasley "wanted bigger and better endorsement deals than Bell delivered him." Wojnarowski noted that "several top agents -- including AARON GOODWIN and ANDY MILLER -- are trying to fill the vacuum left behind by Bell and Beasley's adviser CURTIS MALONE." Goodwin "has the advantage of representing a childhood friend of Beasley," Thunder F KEVIN DURANT. Sources also "believe the relationship between the two players' mothers will sway Beasley to Goodwin" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/13).

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  • Warren Sapp Signs With CAA For Marketing, Off-Field Endeavors

    Sapp Inks Deal With CAA For
    Representation In Off-Field Endeavors 
    WARREN SAPP, a longtime client of Rosenhaus Sports, has signed with CAA for marketing, entertainment projects, and other non-football related work. "I have recently signed with CAA to represent me in all of my off-the-field endeavors," Sapp said, in a statement. Sapp is set to begin a stint as a celebrity contestant on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" next week, in a deal negotiated by KCB Sports Marketing, the marketing arm of Rosenhaus Sports. KCB also negotiated Sapp's post-retirement deals as an on-air analyst with the NFL Network and Showtime's "Inside the NFL." Rosenhaus Sports Principal DREW ROSENHAUS, who has repped Sapp since he was picked in the first round of the '95 NFL Draft, and KCB President ROBERT BAILEY had no comment.

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  • Executive Transactions

    In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, Terry Lefton reports PepsiCo promoted Pepsi VP/Sports Media & Interactive Marketing RALPH SANTANA to VP/Colas, North America, as "part of an overall marketing reorganization." Sources said that "further executive changes are expected within the marketing ranks, including naming" Santana's replacement for the position which he had held since '06 (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/15 issue).

    EXECS: Nike has promoted Nike Golf U.S. GM CINDY DAVIS to President, succeeding BOB WOOD, who will assume additional responsibilities within the Nike brand (Nike)....Former Alpine Canada CEO KEN READ, who resigned in July, has accepted the position as Alpine Alberta President. Read reportedly left Alpine Canada "to eliminate any conflicts," as his son, ERIK, is a skier on the national team. Alpine Alberta does "not have a policy that precludes a parent of provincial team skiers from holding an office" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/13)....MLB sources indicated that the Red Sox "have not renewed the contracts" of scouts MARC DELPIANO, JOHN SANDERS and JESSE LEVIS. The Red Sox are "reorganizing their professional scouting and are eliminating DelPiano's job." DelPiano was named in the Mitchell Report (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/15).

    Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to editorial@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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  • Names In The News

    McCain (c) With Wife Cindy (l) Address Crowd
    Prior To Start Of Sylvania 300 In New Hampshire 
    U.S. Republican Presidential candidate JOHN MCCAIN and his wife, CINDY, yesterday appeared at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and they "stopped in at the drivers' meeting just before the race and thanked them for supporting men and women in the military." McCain also met SMI Chair & CEO BRUTON SMITH and Petty Enterprises Chair Emeritus RICHARD PETTY, who gave McCain a tour "around the garage and pits." McCain was joined by Red Sox P CURT SCHILLING and his wife, SHONDA, and the group also talked with Joe Gibbs Racing Owner JOE GIBBS (CONCORD MONITOR, 9/15). Meanwhile, Capitals Owner TED LEONSIS has donated the maximum $2,300 to both McCain and Democratic Presidential candidate BARACK OBAMA. Leonsis said of donating to both parties, "The race is a dead heat. I just felt it was in our best interest from a company standpoint to support both. We have Republicans who are fans. We have Democrats who are fans." Leonsis added, "I'd also like the new president to come to some games" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/15).

    NAMES: Former NFLer JE'ROD CHERRY plans to raffle off his Super Bowl XXXVI ring for "charities dedicated primarily to children, particularly those kids exploited and traded as slaves in parts of Africa and Asia (BOSTON HERALD, 9/14)....Hurricanes C ROD BRIND'AMOUR, GM JIM RUTHERFORD and 32 other Hurricanes players and staff members yesterday participated in the Friesen 5K Fun Run in Raleigh, with all proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Eastern North Carolina chapter (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 9/15)....NFL Network's MARSHALL FAULK Thursday donated office furniture to San Diego-area community groups "as part of his effort to establish his namesake foundation" in the city (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/13)....IndyCar driver HELIO CASTRONEVES and boxer OSCAR DE LA HOYA presented awards during Friday’s broadcast of the “The 2008 ALMA Awards” (ABC, 9/12).

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