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  • iHoops' Weiberg Leaving To Become Pac-10 Deputy Commissioner

    Kevin Weiberg's Role With
    Pac-10 Effective April 12
    iHoops yesterday announced KEVIN WEIBERG, CEO of the joint NBA/NCAA youth basketball initiative, will be leaving to become Deputy Commissioner & COO of the Pac-10 Conference. Weiberg was named iHoops CEO in November '08. Prior to that, he served as Big Ten Network (BTN) VP/University Planning & Development and was Big 12 Commissioner from '98-'07 (THE DAILY). In Seattle, Bud Withers notes Weiberg's role with the Pac-10 will be "effective April 12, in what constitutes a restructuring of duties at the top of the conference." Pac-10 Commissioner LARRY SCOTT's seven months on the job "persuaded him that a deputy commissioner could be important in trying to better market and position the conference." Scott said that Weiberg "will help with 'day-to-day management,' as well as being a 'partner and counselor' in strategic decisions." Withers notes "two topics that no doubt will occupy some of Weiberg's time: the possibility of conference expansion and a potential league TV network." Weiberg said of his 18 months with the BTN, "I left it feeling pretty good about the potential such a network carries. It's a wonderful way for universities to extend their brand, and it's great exposure for sports that don't receive much of it. Having said that, there are challenges. It's not easy to get (a network) distributed. I do think it's something that needs to be considered as the Pac-10 considers its range of possibilities for the future" (SEATTLE TIMES, 2/9). Scott said he hired Weiberg because he "dealt with some of the most complicated issues -- from expansion to TV networks to media rights in general" during his time with the Big 12 and BTN. Scott said if the conference was "ever going to look at expansion, this would be the logical time" because negotiations for a new TV deal will begin next year (, 2/8).

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  • Executive Transactions

    DREW MITCHELL was named VP/Corporate Sponsorships with the NBA D-League team in Frisco, Texas (NBDL)…The Blue Jays named former Expos and Orioles GM JIM BEATTIE Pro Scout (TORONTO SUN, 2/8)….The WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars named RACHEL ASKIN Manager of PR (Silver Stars)….The Aspire Group named Blue Jays Assistant Manager of Ticket Sales & Service DARREN ARNOLD Manager of the Ontario Hockey League Ottawa 67's Fan Relationship Management Center (The Aspire Group)....Centerplate named JOHN SERGI Chief Design Officer (Centerplate)….Negro Leagues Baseball Museum VP/Marketing BOB KENDRICK is resigning to become Exec Dir of the National Sports Center for the Disabled's K.C. office (K.C. STAR, 2/7)….The NASCAR HOF named CATHY BUCHHOFER Assistant Operations Manager, JONATHAN MITCHELL Box Office Manager, CHRIS MANLEY A/V Technical Supervisor, NATIVIDAD LEWIS External Relations Specialist and JOELLE LAPSLEY Administrative Assistant. SETH DENTON joined the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority as NASCAR HOF Business Manager (NASCAR HOF)….Former Links magazine Art Dir TIM CARR was named Design Dir of Golf World (Conde Nast).

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  • Names In The News

    Dave Johnson Back On His Feet After
    Controversy During Salt Lake Olympics
    In Utah, Doug Robinson notes former Salt Lake Organizing Committee Senior VP DAVE JOHNSON, the "pariah of the Salt Lake" Olympics in '02, is "living a happy ending." Robinson was "unemployed and unemployable" after the SLOC faulted him when the IOC's "dirty little secret was brought to light: that cash and gifts to delegates were the way to win an Olympic bid." But he now serves as VP of a "thriving company that has grown from about 35 people to more than 5,000." The company, Sorenson Communications, has "revolutionized communication between deaf people by allowing them to communicate face to face over the Internet" (DESERET NEWS, 2/9).

    SHOOTING STAR: In Dallas, Brad Townsend profiles Mavericks President & CEO TERDEMA USSERY, noting this weekend's NBA All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium has "in large part been his baby, dating to mid-2007." Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN said, "A lot of the concepts were mine, but 100 percent of the execution was Terdema's. So he deserves all the credit." Ussery recalls first proposing the game be played at Cowboys Stadium to NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN, saying, "Very chilly. That's probably the most diplomatic way to describe David's response initially" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/9).

    HOT WHEELS: Spitfire Documentary Films is teaming with Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs to produce a "feature documentary about Formula One motor racing." PAUL CROWDER and MARK MONROE will write the script about the "golden age of grand prix racing from the late '60s through the 1970s" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 2/9).

    NAMES: Bundesliga CEO CHRISTIAN SEIFERT attended Sunday's Super Bowl at Sun Life Stadium, where he met NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and "watched from a private box behind an end zone" (, 2/8)....The Flames, WHL Calgary Hitmen and the Flames Foundation for Life have raised over $100,000 for Haiti relief efforts (Flames)....Golfer PADRAIG HARRINGTON today will lead a discussion for IT execs and technology media members titled, "Winning with Unified Communications," in partnership with Clearway Network Management Solutions (CNMS), Microsoft and Polycom, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California (CNMS)....Titans Owner BUD ADAMS last night was inducted into the Texas Sports HOF (AP, 2/9)....The K.C. STAR's Alan Goforth profiles AthletixNation as part of the paper's "Startup" feature. The company, which is owned by DAVYEON ROSS and was "founded in late 2007, delivers college sports video and sports applications to Web sites" (K.C. STAR, 2/9).

    IN MEMORY: Former Baltimore Sun sportswriter BILL FREE died Friday of a "perforated bowel" at the age of 66. Free began a 39-year career at the newspaper in '69, and he was "nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his work on the 1986 LEN BIAS overdose story" (Baltimore SUN, 2/9).

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