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Plank Cut Salary From $500,000 To
$26,000 After Not Meeting Goals
CLOCKING OUT: Under Armour Senior VP/Business Development BILL KRAUS has resigned to start his own sports management company. During his seven years at Under Armour, Kraus was responsible for various groups within the organization, including product merchandising, brand marketing, sports marketing, licensing and sales (Under Armour).
Former ESPN Manager of Corporate Outreach CINDY MERCER has formed N.Y.-based Trinity Sports Partners. The new company will focus on sports-related marketing, PR and cause marketing projects (THE DAILY).
EXECS: The CFL named CURTIS EMERSON Dir of Events & Production. Most recently, Emerson was with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, where he managed the broadcast and production facilities at Air Canada Centre, including the recent HD upgrade (CFL)….Learfield Sports promoted Associate GM ERIC KWAIT to GM and named SEAN MOLER Account Exec for Cardinal Sports LLC, the marketing and multimedia partner of Stanford athletics. Kwait replaces DAVID HUBBARD, who was named GM for Learfield Sports’ Red Raiders Sports Property at Texas Tech Univ. (Learfield)….MICHEL HILL was named Exec Chef for Aramark operations at Applebee’s Park, home of the Single-A South Atlantic League Lexington Legends (Legends).
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Armstrong's Injury Could Hinder
Tour De France Preparations
CHANGING PITCHES: In Boston, Donna Goodison reports with P CURT SCHILLING yesterday retiring from MLB, he now will have "more time to focus" on his videogame company, 38 Studios. Schilling today will participate in the GamesBeat videogame conference in S.F., where he will address "his goals for the company," which he founded in '06. The studio currently is developing a "so-called massively multiplayer online game with a fantasy theme" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/24).
Reynolds Describes The Life Of
Journeyman Professional Tennis Player
NAMES: More than 400 Miami-area businesses Friday attended a workshop by the NFL Emerging Business Program, which aims to "provide local, minority and women-owned businesses" with Super Bowl-related business. NFL Manager of Special Events Business Development TISHA FORD said that a "record number of businesses have expressed interest in the program" for next year's Super Bowl XLIV in Miami (MIAMI HERALD, 3/21)....Cleveland-based financial planning company Prim Capital Corp. has filed a $250,000 breach of contract lawsuit against former NBAer SCOTTIE PIPPEN, a former client. Prim runs the NBPA Financial Awareness Program and was hired, and later fired, by Pippen to help with financial matters. Prim investment adviser TODD HUNTER is the son of NBPA Exec Dir BILLY HUNTER (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/24)....Yankees SS DEREK JETER is building a 30,875-square-foot home in Tampa with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms (N.Y. POST, 3/24)....Comedian JEFF FOXWORTHY and Falcons Owner ARTHUR BLANK's foundation were honored at Fun Fete, a gala in Atlanta benefiting Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Falcons FB OVIE MUGHELLI was among the more than 400 attendees, while Red Sox P JOHN SMOLTZ sent in a video tribute (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/23).
IN MEMORY: Former Boston Globe Exec Sports Editor ERNIE ROBERTS died yesterday morning at the age of 88 of complications from a stroke he suffered last week. Boston Globe sports columnist BOB RYAN said of Roberts, who worked at the newspaper from '47-83, "The Globe sports department that gained great fame and glory in the '70s, '80s, and '90s would not have taken the form or shape it did without Ernie Roberts" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/24).