SBD/Issue 76/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

PAT CONNORS, who in October '08 opened a West Coast hub for Fenway Sports Group (FSG) in San Diego, has acquired that office and will relaunch it soon as Gravitate Sports Marketing, with Connors assuming the title of Gravitate President & CEO. Connors, whose background is primarily in the beer industry, will continue to represent FSG on an arm's-length basis, and expand beyond beverage-based work to team, property and collegiate representation as well (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

EXECS: Fox Cable Networks Senior VP/Integration & Emerging Media ADAM HOLZER left the company last week (THE DAILY)....NBC Sports Senior Dir of Communications BRIAN WALKER recently left the company after five years to open his own communications consulting business (THE DAILY)....Former Chicago Tribune columnist BOB VERDI is joining the Blackhawks as team historian (, 12/31)....East Valley Tribune columnist Scott Bordow is leaving the paper after 26 years (EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE, 12/30)....The AHL has hired NATHAN COSTA as Manager of Team Business Services and MELISSA CARUSO as Coordinator of Team Business Services (AHL)....The ECHL has hired JEFF ZAVATSKY as Manager of Hockey Operations. Zavatsky spent the past three seasons with the ECHL Stockton Thunder, most recently as Manager of PR & Team Operations (ECHL)....Learfield Sports made several hirings for its college sports properties: TODD HOWELL joins the Univ. of New Mexico account as Associate GM; TERESA GRIM joins the Univ. of Minnesota account as an Account Exec; SPENCER CHRISTIANSEN joins the Montana State Univ. account as GM; and NICK GARNER joins the Univ. of Montana account as GM and SAM BARKLEY as Account Exec (Learfield Sports).

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