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Ratner (l), Dolan Receive New Five-Year
Deals At MSG
Schlachter Hired To Lead
USOC Business Development
REMAINING ON BOARD: Liberty Media Corp. President & CEO GREG MAFFEI "will stay with the company through 2014." Starting in January, Maffei will receive a yearly salary of $1.5M, which will increase 5% annually. He will be paid $7.8M if he is "fired without cause" (DENVER POST, 12/24)....Falcons President RICH MCKAY "has signed a five-year contract extension." McKay, currently in his sixth season as team president, will also continue to serve as the Falcons' "liaison with the NFL office regarding all football and business-related matters" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 12/28).
EXECS: ESPN Radio announced several personnel changes, including the promotion of MO DAVENPORT to Senior VP and TIM MCCARTHY to ESPN Radio Group Senior VP. ESPNews Senior Coordinating Producer/Studio Production DAVE ROBERTS will replace McCarthy as ESPN 1050 N.Y. VP & GM. Also, JIM PASTOR will assume the role of Senior VP in the newly created ESPNLocal.com department, with ESPN 1000 Chicago Dir of Sales JOHN CRAVENS replacing Pastor as the station’s VP & GM. In addition, MIKE CONNOLLY has joined ESPN Radio as VP/Audio Sales (ESPN Radio)....Fox Business Network’s VP/Business News and host of its "Opening Bell" ALEXIS GLICK is leaving the network “for an unnamed new venture.” Glick was one of Fox Business Network’s first employees (N.Y. TIMES, 12/24)....USL Minnesota Thunder President MANNY LAGOS has resigned (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/24)....The Prospect League West Virginia Miners have named former PGA Director of Operations MICHAEL GILLIGAN GM (Miners).
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IMG Signs Former Broncos Coach Mike
Shanahan For Representation
SALARY DROP: Documents filed with the SEC indicated that Disney President & CEO ROBERT IGER received a $2M salary and a $9.3M bonus for FY '09, down 28% from the previous year. Meanwhile, Disney Wednesday nominated Facebook COO SHERYL SANDBERG to its BOD (N.Y. TIMES, 12/24).
MAKING NEWS IN '09: The CHARLOTTE OBSERVER listed NFL Panthers Owner JERRY RICHARDSON and Univ. of North Carolina Charlotte AD JUDY ROSE among its "The Carolinas' Big Names In 2009: Most Interesting Sports Figures of the Year." In Charlotte, Ken Tysiac wrote, "As chaotic as 2009 has been for Richardson, 2010 could bring additional upheaval with the future of the franchise at stake." Meanwhile, Rose this year oversaw the "birth of the Charlotte 49ers' football program" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/27).
SHOWING THEIR HAND: In N.Y., Matt Villano reports technology that is part of a new system from Cantor Gaming, a subsidiary of financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, allows sports betting "through hand-held devices no larger than a smartphone." The devices, called eDecks, allow bettors to place bets on sporting events "from anywhere in the casino and play other games like blackjack and baccarat." Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas Race & Sports Dir MARK GOLDMAN said that his sports books were "licensing 200 eDecks." Goldman added that older gamblers "have been slow to adopt them," while younger bettors "have shown interest." The books' overall betting "has increased since October" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/28).
NAMES: SHEP HARMON is working on a film that will bring former NHLer DEREK SANDERSON's "life story to the silver screen." Harmon said that the film explores Sanderson's recovery from his "well-chronicled addiction to alcohol and drugs, 'as well as some real black adventures that bordered on the criminal'" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/27)....WJFK-FM host LaVar Arrington's restaurant and sports bar in Largo, Maryland, "closed abruptly Wednesday." The restaurant owed "millions of dollars to numerous creditors" and was faced with "possible eviction" (WASHINGTON POST, 12/25)....Tennis player NOVAK DJOKOVIC will portray ALEKSANDAR KARADJORDJEVIC, the first king of Yugoslavia, "in a television series to be shot next year." The 10-part series, which is set to air in '11, "will retrace the life and reign" of Karadjordjevic (AFP, 12/24)....Canwest News Service named Penguins C SIDNEY CROSBY its male athlete of the year (CANWEST NEWS SERVICE, 12/26).
IN MEMORY: Richard Childress Racing pit crew member DONALD RICHARDSON died Friday of H1N1 complications. Richardson, who had previously worked for Andy Petree Racing, Penske Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Braun Racing, "spent last season as a tire changer on KEVIN HARVICK's crew (AP, 12/26)....Former Astros scout STAN BENJAMIN, who served in the role with the team "for nearly 40 years," died Thursday at the age of 95 (AP, 12/24).