SBD/Issue 34/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Padres Hire Dan Migala As
VP/Partnership Solutions
The Padres hired marketing consultant and author of "The Migala Report" DAN MIGALA as VP/Partnership Solutions. Migala has worked with several different teams and leagues, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and the NCAA, on issues related to sponsorships, technology and sports marketing (Padres). Meanwhile, team sources confirmed that Padres VP/Scouting & Player Development GRADY FUSON "was fired on Sunday, and scouting director BILL 'CHIEF' GAYTON was reassigned to an undetermined position" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 10/28).

FRANCHISES: MLS FC Dallas announced GM MICHAEL HITCHCOCK is leaving the franchise and "said it wouldn't replace him." Head coach SCHELLAS HYNDMAN "will have autonomy over personnel decisions" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/28)....The Nationals named Rockies Assistant to the GM CASEY MCKEON Dir of Player Procurement and MLB Rangers Special Assistant to the GM JAY ROBERTSON Special Assistant to the GM (Nationals)….The Double-A Eastern League Altoona Curve promoted MATT HOOVER to Dir of Ticket Sales & Promotions, and named CLAIRE MARTIN Dir of Merchandising, CHUCK GRISWOLD Sponsorship Sales Account Exec, and A.J. PALAZZI and CASSIE STROUP Ticket Sales Associates (Curve).

EXECS: The Finish Line elected RICHARD CRYSTAL to its BOD. Crystal is Chair & CEO of women's clothing retailer New York & Company (The Finish Line)….The EA Sports Maui Invitational appointed DAVE ODOM Chair, replacing former Big East Commissioner DAVE GAVITT. Odom is a former longtime ACC and SEC men's basketball coach (EA Sports Maui Invitational)….Learfield Sports named DAN HAWLEY GM of Bronco Sports Properties for Boise State and JOE WEISS GM of Lobo Sports Properties for the Univ. of New Mexico, and promoted Univ. of Wyoming Sports Properties Senior Account Exec JARED NEWLAND to GM (Learfield).

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