SBD/Issue 192/Sports Industrialists

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  • NHL Enterprises, Broadcasting And Communications Restructured

    NHL COO John Collins yesterday sent out a six-page memo to league staff detailing the restructuring of NHL Enterprises, Broadcasting and Communications into 10 new business divisions. The areas of focus include: sales; integrated marketing; digital media; events; NHL Network U.S. and affiliate distribution; broadcasting business relations and scheduling; production, operations and engineering; creative studios; communications and editorial; international development and strategic planning. Senior VP Keith Wachtel will continue to head sales. Exec VP Brian Jennings will head integrated marketing, which will work with TV rightsholders, licensees and sponsors. He also will oversee club consulting. Senior VP Perry Cooper will run digital media, including, NHL Shop, Center Ice and more. Senior VP Don Renzulli will run events, including the NHL Awards and Winter Classic. Senior VP Jody Shapiro will run NHL Network U.S. Senior VP Steve Hatze Petros will run broadcasting business relations and scheduling. Exec VP Scott Davis, formerly of Ascent Media Group, will oversee production, operations and engineering, a new division that consolidates broadcast and digital operations. Senior VP Andre Mika will oversee the league's creative and fan experiential strategies, making him responsible for the creative strategy of NHL Network, In-Arena,, Mobile, Live TV and Entertainment. Mika will continue to oversee production. Consultant Mike Berland will oversee communications and editorial on an interim basis. Senior VP Ken Yaffe will lead the league's international business ventures. VP Steve McArdle will provide strategic planning and analytical support of all business ventures.

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  • Executive Transactions

    Walker Now
    WTA Senior VP
    The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour promoted Andrew Walker to Senior VP/Marketing & Communications. He had been VP/Marketing & Communications. The move had to be approved by the BOD because the current CEO, Larry Scott, is leaving the Tour on June 30 to become the Pac-10 Commissioner. A replacement for Scott will not be named by that point, though one is expected by the U.S. Open, which starts at the end of August. A transition team of President Stacey Allaster and COO David Shoemaker will run the Tour in the interim. Allaster is the leading contender to take the top spot (Daniel Kaplan, SportsBusiness Journal).

    COLLEGES: The Univ. of Akron (UA) yesterday named Exec Senior Associate AD HUNTER YURACHEK interim AD, filling the void left by MACK RHOADES, who left UA to take the same job at the Univ. of Houston. Yurachek will serve in the interim role until a permanent replacement for Rhoades is named (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 6/24)....NACDA has named Florida State AD RANDY SPETMAN as its President for the '09-10 school year. NACDA also named the following for the '09-10 term: Colgate AD DAVE ROACH as First VP; UCLA AD DAN GUERRERO as Second VP; Army AD KEVIN ANDERSON as Third VP; and Evangel Univ. AD DAVID STAIR as Secretary (NACDA)....The Big Ten Network has hired FSN Midwest Exec Producer MARK HULSEY as VP/Production & Exec Producer, effective July 13 (Big Ten Net).

    EXECS: The California League has hired former Dodgers Consultant CHARLIE BLANEY as President for the '10 season, replacing JOE GAGLIARDI, who has been in the position since '81 (Riverside PRESS-ENTERPRISE, 6/24)....LOCOG has hired former Eurostar Head of Brand, Product & U.K. Marketing GREG NUGENT as interim Marketing Dir for the '12 London Games. Nugent has signed a six-month contract to replace AMANDA JENNINGS, who has gone on maternity leave (, 6/23)....The LPGA named MIKE VAJDA Dir of LPGA Sanctioned Events. He will work in the tournament business affairs group as a tournament representative and work on new tournament development. Most recently, Vajda was an account manager at Octagon working on The Home Depot’s sponsorship of ESPN’s College GameDay (Jon Show, SportsBusiness Journal)....Quick Hit Inc., a Massachusetts-based developer of online sports video games, has named former NFL VP Gene Goldberg and Nicholas Longano, former Massive President and current CEO & co-founder of Music Mogul Inc., to a newly formed board of advisors (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

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  • Names In The News

    Obama Will Throw Ceremonial First Pitch
    At '09 All-Star Game In St. Louis
    PRESIDENT OBAMA will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the '09 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14. Obama will be just the seventh U.S. President to attend the All-Star Game, and just the fourth to toss out the first pitch, following JOHN F. KENNEDY, RICHARD NIXON and GERALD FORD (MLB).

    KISSED BY A ROSE: Reps for Nuggets F CARMELO ANTHONY confirmed that he is leaving BDA and signing with CAA for representation. Sources indicated that Anthony will retain the services of agent LEON ROSE. The deal with CAA "isn't official yet, but it is imminent" (DENVER POST, 6/24).

    OH HENRY: BLOOMBERG NEWS' Kambiz Foroohar in an extensive profile of Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY, reported John W. Henry & Co.'s (JWH) $123M Global Analytics fund ended '08 with a 91% "return for the year, in contrast" to the 38% drop in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. JWH invests in "more than 80 markets, among them coffee and gold futures." Henry's "computer programs look for trends that last more than 30 days," and he has "stuck with the strategy since he founded JWH in 1982." When Henry's programs "find a trade, he bets as much as six times the fund's assets and about double what peers wager" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 6/23).

    IN THE HISTORY BOOK: Red Sox President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO yesterday presented P JON LESTER's jersey from the series-clinching Game Four of the '07 Red Sox-Rockies World Series and the third base used during Game Two of the '04 Red Sox-Cardinals World Series to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/24).

    Lamoriello Humbled, Grateful To
    Be Inducted Into Hockey HOF
    STARS ON ICE: The Hockey HOF yesterday inducted Devils President, CEO & GM LOU LAMORIELLO as a "team builder." Lamoriello: "I was completely humbled and grateful. I don't even have the words to describe what it means. It was a complete surprise." Former players BRIAN LEETCH, BRETT HULL, STEVE YZERMAN and LUC ROBITAILLE also were inducted (N.Y. POST, 6/24)....The Hockey News has awarded Red Wings GM KEN HOLLAND its GM of the Year honors (, 6/23).

    NAMES: Sabres Owner TOM GOLISANO has denied reports that he is interested in running for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat (BUFFALO NEWS, 6/24)....About 400 people gathered yesterday to hear U.S. Vice President JOE BIDEN speak at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at Fenway Park. Massachusetts Gov. DEVAL PATRICK at the event gave Biden a Red Sox Jersey with "VPOTUS 2" on the back (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/24)....Monday's Phillies Phestival at Citizens Bank Park raised a record $867,670 to fight ALS. More than 5,500 fans attended the event (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/23)....Cowboys offensive linemen Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo and Cory Procter have “signed a recording contract” with Australia-based Riot Entertainment for their heavy metal band, Free Reign. Their debut album will be released this fall (AP, 6/23).

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