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Hayward Begins His New Role
With The Cubs This Week
BIG FREE-AGENT ACQUISITION: In Chicago, Phil Rosenthal notes the hiring of Hayward is the Cubs’ “first big move since the Ricketts family completed" last month’s acquisition of the team from Tribune Co. Hayward said, “Revenue growth is critical to the future of this club, and we’re going to be looking at all different elements to do that while still preserving Wrigley Field purity that everyone’s used to. We need to be more creative, more innovative, to generate more revenue so we can help on the player side (by being able to afford to) build a winner on the field and preserve Wrigley Field." Kenney noted, “Maybe the only good thing about [Chicago] not getting the Olympics was Wally was available” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/23).
Berson Placed On Special Assignment
Through The End Of The Year
The Univ. of New Orleans last week named JOEL CHATELAIN interim AD, replacing MIKE BUJOL, who "abruptly stepped down [two weeks ago] after holding the interim position for about three months" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 11/21)....Southern Univ. Thursday fired Assistant AD for Finance & Business DAVID HAWKINS "without a specific reason." Hawkins had worked for the school since '02 (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 11/21)....GMR Marketing named Connexions Sports & Entertainment VP/Sales JIMMY BRUNS as VP/Business Development, to be based in GMR's Charlotte office. Bruns also previously served as Rusty Wallace Inc. VP/Sponsorship & Marketing (GMR).
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Former Sharks President ART SAVAGE died Saturday at the age of 58. Savage "had been battling lung cancer, though the cause of death was not known." Sharks President & CEO GREG JAMISON: "It was Art's progressive thinking that helped bring the Sharks and major league sports to San Jose" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/22). Savage, who owned the Triple-A PCL Sacramento River Cats and Raley Field, was "cancer-free by the start of the season in 2008." His son, Jeff Savage, said, "He had a clean bill of health. We were all very optimistic, so as you can imagine, this came as kind of a shock." River Cats President, COO & GM ALAN LEDFORD said, "He had a great vision and passion and level of perseverance unlike anybody I've worked for before" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 11/22).
Wise To Serve On
BOOK REVIEW: In N.Y., Sam Tanenhaus reviewed ANDRE AGASSI's autobiography "OPEN," and wrote it is "one of the most passionately anti-sports books ever written by a superstar athlete." Self-knowledge "irradiates almost every page of 'Open,' thanks in great part to Agassi's inspired choice of collaborator," J.R. MOEHRINGER. The result is "not just a first-rate sports memoir but a genuine bildungsroman, darkly funny yet also anguished and soulful" (N.Y. TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 11/22 issue).
Chapman Fires Agent, Signs With
Randy And Alan Hendricks