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  • Singh Hires Charley Moore As Business Advisor After IMG Split

    Singh Hires Charley Moore As Business Advisor
    Golfer VIJAY SINGH, who recently parted ways with longtime agency IMG, has hired golf and sports industry veteran CHARLEY MOORE as his business advisor. Moore has served in the past as agent to DAVID DUVAL, as well as other top golfers. Moore formerly worked as a golf agent at IMG for 11 years, representing many PGA Tour players, but left in ‘01. Moore is currently Operating Partner of Falconhead Capital, a N.Y.-based private equity firm. Singh will continue to be represented by DAVE LIGHTNER of FSM Capital LLC for financial matters. Moore said, “Vijay and Dave asked me if I could help them manage Vijay’s business affairs. I have known Vijay for 20 years and look forward to assisting him in his career.” Singh in a statement Friday said his split with IMG, where he was a client for more than 20 years, was amicable. “I have been represented by IMG for quite some time and am thankful for their years of service,” said Singh, ranked 13th in the world standings. “I have many good friends there and nothing is changing at that level. However, I feel this is the appropriate time to take my career management in a new direction. I spoke with TEDDY (FORSTMANN, IMG CEO & Chair) last week, who is a personal friend, and we had a productive conversation. He knows I wish him and everybody at IMG nothing but the best.”

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  • Executive Transactions

    Burton Has Left
    Rivals.com
    SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Eric Fisher reports Rivals.com COO BOBBY BURTON has "left the company, following the April departure" of CEO SHANNON TERRY. Burton said that his departure is "amicable and indicated a desire to reassess career goals." Rivals.com now will be led by KYLE LAUGHLIN, who earlier this year assumed "day-to-day duties for all" of Yahoo Sports. Fisher notes Burton has a "noncompete clause of undisclosed length," while Terry's runs until next spring, and "at some point, the pair intends to return to digital sports media, though precisely how and when are undetermined." Burton and Terry in the interim have invested in a BBQ restaurant near Nashville (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/24 issue).

    EXECS: Duke Univ. named TOM COFFMAN Senior Associate AD/Development & Planning (Duke)....US Road Sports & Entertainment has hired former Univ. of Miami Assistant AD/Operations DAVID SCOTT as GM & Race Dir (MIAMI HERALD, 8/24)....Kansas Speedway has promoted Marketing & PR Coordinator JODI ESELY to Special Events & PR Manager, and PR Manager KELLY HALE to Senior Manager of PR (Kansas Speedway)....World Fishing Network (WFN) has hired Florida Fishing Weekly Publisher JOE HIGGINS as Dir of Sales (WFN).

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  • Names In The News

    Coe's Visibility Helping LOCOG In
    Marketing For '12 Olympics
    In N.Y., Christopher Clarey profiled LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE, who was "once the world's greatest middle-distance runner," and who is the "most famous figure to lead an Olympic effort since" former France skier JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY was co-Chair of the organizing committee for the '92 Albertville Olympics. Clarey wrote "such visibility is a blessing in terms of marketing and a potential curse in terms of expectations." Meanwhile, Coe is "taking on an increasingly visible role" with the IAAF, "setting up a potential future tussle for the presidency of the IAAF" with former Ukraine pole-vaulter SERGEI BUBKA (N.Y. TIMES, 8/23).

    ALL THAT JAZZ: In Salt Lake City, Steve Luhm profiled Jazz Exec VP/Basketball Operations & GM KEVIN O'CONNOR, who at 10 years in the position has "become the NBA's second-longest tenured general manager behind Sacramento's GEOFF PETRIE because of a tireless work ethic, an intense competitiveness and a franchise-first approach to his job." Nets President ROD THORN: "I have tremendous respect for him because he's worked his way up through the system and has become one of the best in the business. He doesn't get the notoriety that some bigger-name guys do, but I don't know anybody who does a better job" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/23).

    LASTING TRIBUTE: Boston's Liberty Hotel this weekend unveiled the Ebersol Suite, which is named for NBC Sports & Olympics Chair DICK EBERSOL's late son Teddy, "who was a huge Red Sox fan." The suite, "which will run $6,000 a night, is decorated 'Fever Pitch'-style with Red Sox photos and trinkets." On hand for the unveiling were Ebersol, Ebersol's wife, SUSAN SAINT JAMES, Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY, Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER, Henry's wife, LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY, Red Sox President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO's wife STACEY LUCCHINO and SI writer PETER KING (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/24).

    Daldry May Work On Opening,
    Closing Ceremonies For '12 Olympics
    NAMES: Former NFLer EMMITT SMITH Friday was introduced as Super Bowl XLV Emerging Business Program co-Chair, a role "designed to ensure that companies owned by minorities and women are able to compete for goods and services contracts when the Super Bowl comes to Arlington" in '11 (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/22)....Director STEPHEN DALDRY's name "has been put forward to mastermind the opening and closing ceremonies" for the '12 London Olympics (LONDON TIMES, 8/23)....Vanderbilt Univ. men's basketball coach KEVIN STALLINGS paid for the team's trip to Australia, which took place August 7-17, "by declining a $100,000 raise that was contractually due to him this summer" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/23)....MLS Dynamo investor Oscar De La Hoya during yesterday's game against the Sounders visited the Dynamo's "two most prominent supporters' groups." De La Hoya joined El Batallon "for a few minutes late in the first half, then made his way over to the Texian Army across Robertson Stadium late in the second" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/24)....AVP Tour teammates MICHELLE MORE and SUZANNE STONEBARGER have posed "nude together in an eight-page spread for the most recent Playboy issue" (ESPN.com, 8/21)....NBA Kings co-Owner GEORGE MALOOF and former SI swimsuit cover model VALERIA MAZZA were two of the judges for the '09 Miss Universe pageant that aired on NBC last night ("Miss Universe 2009," NBC, 8/23).

    IN MEMORY: VANOC Design Dir LEO OBSTBAUM, the "creative spark behind the 2010 Olympics, including the mascots and medals," died Thursday at his Port Moody, Canada, home at the age of 40. Obstbaum "had a hand in designing the look of the Games and its torch as well as the medals and mascots, Quatchi, Sumi and Miga." VANOC CEO JOHN FURLONG called Obstbaum's contributions a "true enduring legacy of what went on here in Vancouver" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 8/23).

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