SBD/Issue 85/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

AEG Facilities has hired DENNIS PETRULLO to head its business development and event booking operation at the new Louisville arena, a 22,000-seat college basketball facility opening this fall. For the past two years, Petrullo was SCP Worldwide’s Senior VP/Business Development at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and Rio Tinto Stadium in suburban Salt Lake City. Prior to that position, Petrullo served 10 years as Scottrade Center Senior VP & GM. Petrullo previously worked 14 years for Delaware North Sportservice. Petrullo’s new role also includes booking events at Freedom Hall and Broadbent Arena in Louisville (Don Muret, SportsBusiness Journal).

SWITCHING APPLES: KEN PODZIBA is stepping down as N.Y. sports commissioner to become chief executive of Bike NY, which stages the five-borough city bike tour. He has been the sports commissioner for over a decade, acting as a link between the city and sports entities looking to do business with N.Y. He is expected to be replaced by his deputy, ANDY GOULD. A farewell party is being held Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club. N.Y. Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG is expected to attend (Daniel Kaplan, SportsBusiness Journal).

MLS Names Rodriguez (l) To Exec VP Position;
Durbin (r) To Focus On MLS Player Contracts

WELCOME TO THE TEAM: The Blackhawks signed Senior VP/Business Operations JAY BLUNK to a contract extension. Blunk is in his third season with the team after spending the previous 22 years with the Cubs (Blackhawks)….MLS announced a reorganization of its league office and created two new departments to focus on technical development and player/labor relations. NELSON RODRIGUEZ was named Exec VP/Competition, Technical & Game Operations, while Exec VP/Player Relations & Competition TODD DURBIN will expand his existing responsibilities, overseeing the signing of all player contracts (MLS)....PGA of America CEO JOE STERANKA has been named Chair of the World Golf Foundation for ’10. He succeeds R&A CEO PETER DAWSON (World Golf Foundation)....Delaware North Companies named Wyndham Worldwide Senior VP & Treasurer CHRISTOPHER FEENEY CFO (Delaware North Cos.)….DENNIS DRAZIN was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as a member of the state's racing commission and "reportedly is in line to become" Chair (THOROUGHBREDTIMES.com, 1/13)….Premier Partnerships named NBA Coordinator of Team Strategic Initiatives for Team Marketing & Business Operations UZMA SYED Manager of Corporate Partnerships (Premier Partnerships).

EXECS: Fox Cable Networks promoted MICHAEL BIARD to Exec VP/Affiliate Sales & Marketing (Fox)….YES Network promoted BILL BOLAND to Senior Producer. He will become Lead Producer for Yankees telecasts on the net (YES)….Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic named Thrashers Dir of Media Relations BRIAN POTTER Senior Dir of Communications (Comcast)….JESSICA BRYANT was named PR Dir for Bruno Event Team. Previously, Bryant worked in the Office of Presidential Advance and Office of the First Lady in the Bush White House (Bruno Event Team)....Temple Univ. promoted Compliance & Student Services Coordinator JENNIFER SEKELLICK to Assistant Dir for Compliance & Student Services in the school's athletic department (Temple)....ISP Sports named JOSE LIZARDO Senior Account Exec of the Miner ISP Sports Network, PAUL WOODY Assistant GM of the Rebel ISP Sports Network, BRETT WALLERSTEDT Assistant GM of the Sun Devil ISP Sports Network and NEAL TALMADGE GM for the Houston ISP Sports Network (ISP).

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