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The California Horse Racing Board's JOHN HARRIS announced that he is ending his second stint as Chair and will leave the organization "in the next couple of months." Meanwhile, the BOD elected KEITH BRACKPOOL to replace Harris as Chair for '10 and elected DAVID ISRAEL Vice Chair (BLOODHORSE.com, 1/15).
EXECS: Lotto Team Sport Sales Manager FABRIZIO SPAMPINATO has been promoted to Dir of Sales (Lotto Team Sport)….St. Louis' KMOX-AM Manager of Sports Operations TOM ACKERMAN has been promoted to Sports Dir (KMOX)….Premier Partnerships named JEFF BRUKSCH Manager of Corporate Partnerships in its L.A. HQs and promoted STEPHANIE CHENG to Senior Consultant of its valuation and consulting division (Premier Partnerships)....The Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds named DARREN FELLER and MIKE GREGORY Senior Corporate Account Execs. Most recently, Feller was GM of the collegiate summer Prospect League Springfield (IL) Sliders, and Gregory previously served as Nashville Sports Council VP/Events (Sounds)….The Vancouver Whitecaps, scheduled to begin MLS play in '11, named former DC United coach TOM SOEHN Technical Dir (THEPROVINCE.com, 1/17)
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Mourning (l) And Wade (r) Raise $800,000
To Aid Earthquake Victims In Haiti
CLOSED FOR SHOOTING: The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Etan Vlessing notes as athletes prepare to compete at the Vancouver Games next month, "film and TV producers have begun to run a gauntlet of road closures and security restrictions in and around the host city." Producers "have been told by Mayor GREGOR ROBERTSON that the downtown core and areas with Olympic venues will be off-limits to location filming during" the Games. Vancouver "will continue to issue film permits for shooting in suburban locales that might stand in for the city" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/19).
BLADES OF GLORY: The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek profiled Ontario-based Black Stone Sports, a company that "manufactures skate-sharpening equipment." The company last year introduced a new sharpening technique, "designed to increase speed without sacrificing grip, that is rocking the hockey world." Known as the Flat Bottom V for the "shape of the cut in the skate blade, it is currently the rage from beer leagues to the big leagues." Players on 22 of the NHL's 30 teams are "using the technique, some of them ... among the top players in the game" (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/16).
Celtics G Rajon Rondo On
Cover Of "Improper Bostonian"
IN MEMORY: BUD GROSSMAN, who was "part of a group that owned the Minnesota Vikings from" '91-98, died last week of Alzheimer's disease at his home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, at the age of 88 (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/15).