SBD/Issue 94/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions President & GM EZRA KUCHARZ was named CBS President of Local Digital Media, where he will oversee local online media strategy for the 36 CBS Radio news, talk and sports stations, as well as CBS' 29 television stations. Kucharz founded online sports media company Total Sports in '95 (, 1/26)….Disney named RICHARD BATES Senior VP/U.S. Government Relations (CABLE FAX DAILY, 1/27)….MSG appointed ROBERT POLLICHINO Exec VP & CFO, LAWRENCE BURIAN Exec VP, General Counsel & Secretary and JOSEPH LHOTA to the newly created position of Exec VP/Administration. Each one will report to President & CEO HANK RATNER (MSG)….FS South and SportSouth named Cox Enterprises Media Marketing Manager JACKIE WARNER Account Exec (FSN).

EXECS: The Browns named Packers Dir of Football Administration & Communications MARK SCHIEFELBEIN VP/Football Operations (Browns)….Illitch Holdings announced KAREN CULLEN will move from her current role as VP/Corporate Communications to a "senior advisory role with the Illitch companies," effective February 1. THOMAS PYDEN will succeed Cullen as VP/Corporate Communications (Illitch Holdings)….Ogio, a manufacturer of performance gear bags and packs, announced TONY PALMA will serve as CEO. Previously, Palma was CEO of Easton Sports for 14 years (Ogio)….CONNECT announced Pro Basketball HOFer BILL WALTON will serve as Exec Chair of the company's new Sports and Entertainment Innovation initiative (CONNECT)….Learfield Sports named CHRIS HAND Account Exec for its Univ. of Alabama Crimson Tide Sports Marketing. Most recently, Hand was at Nashville-based Citadel Broadcasting where he served as General Sales Manager and then Dir of Sales (Learfield)….Fordham Univ. named KRISTIN DUFFY Assistant SID (, 1/27).

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