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Robbie Weiss Receives
Forty Under 40 Award
David Brown, formerly Ohio State Associate AD for External Relations, is leaving the school to become Regional VP for IMG College, the agency that just acquired the Buckeyes' rights. Brown will help Ohio State's property as it transitions over to IMG College until a GM is selected. Brown's responsibilities will include the Big Ten and Big East conference schools with partnerships at IMG, including Michigan, Cincinnati and Connecticut. Brown will continue to be based out of Columbus, Ohio, and will report to IMG College Senior VP & Managing Dir TOM STULTZ.
D'Backs Exec VP & COO
Tom Garfinkel Resigns
EXECS: Altitude Sports & Entertainment promoted Senior VP/Programming & Creative Services SHELLY HARPER to Senior VP/Programming & Production (Altitude)....Drexel Univ.'s Steinbright Career Development Center named Turnkey Sports & Entertainment Senior Exec Recruiter MARK GRESS JR. Co-Op Coordinator for Business Administration & Sport Management (THE DAILY).
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Dave Bing Running For Mayor Of Detroit In
Special Election On May 5
TEAM TACKLE: In S.F., Andrew Ross reported Switzerland-based Capital Dynamics has agreed to acquire HRJ Capital from Pro Football HOFer RONNIE LOTT and former NFLer HARRIS BARTON, and "pay off at least part" of HRJ's $68.9M debt owed to a Silicon Valley Bank. Lott and Barton "reportedly will work with their new masters," who have an office in S.F. (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/3).
A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: The N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE's Michael Sokolove profiles WPS L.A. Sol and Brazil national team F MARTA under the subhead, "Can Brazil's Marta, The Best Female Soccer Player In The World, Get The New Women's Soccer League Off The Ground?" Marta's agent, FABIANO FARAH, wanted Marta on the Sol, owned in part by AEG, so Marta could play in a "big consumer market." While Marta's compensation has not been confirmed, she reportedly signed a three-year, $1.5M deal (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 4/5 issue).
HONORS & AWARDS: Pittsburgh-based Dapper Dan Charities awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Steelers defensive coordinator DICK LEBEAU and its Sportsman of the Year award to Steelers coach MIKE TOMLIN (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 4/3)....The U.S. Basketball Writers Association Friday gave its Good Guy Award to Michigan State Univ. men's basketball coach TOM IZZO. The award recognizes Izzo's "work with the news media to promote college basketball," and ESPN's ANDY KATZ specifically cited Izzo's "honesty and willingness to return reporters' phone calls" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 4/4).
NAMES: A's Owner LEW WOLFF has developed a $30M Hyatt Place hotel in Mesa, Arizona, set to open April 14 (EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE, 4/4)....Former NBAer PAUL DAVIS was featured Thursday night on Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker," where he was paired with a "bubbly blonde former cheerleader" (DEADSPIN.com, 4/3)....Sharks President & CEO Greg Jamison Thursday night was inducted into the Business HOF for Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay, and during his acceptance speech, Jamison told the audience that the Sharks were beating the Oilers 2-1. Sharks GM DOUG WILSON also attended (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/4)....Knicks President of Basketball Operations DONNIE WALSH for most home games at MSG this season has sat courtside with his brother, JIMMY, a retired stockbroker (N.Y. POST, 4/5)....NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN was spotted "enjoying a tuna on whole wheat toast at Evergreen Diner on 47th Street across from the NHL offices" (N.Y. POST, 4/5)....Former Bruins President & GM HARRY SINDEN has partnered with Sports Management Worldwide, to teach an eight-week online "Hockey GM and Scouting" course at SMWW.com (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/5)....Vice President JOE BIDEN will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to today's Yankees-Orioles game at Camden Yards (Orioles).
BEST WISHES: Former Jets radio announcer MERLE HARMON is in a Texas hospital with pneumonia (N.Y. POST, 4/6).