SBD/Issue 152/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Thompson Has Spent
11 Years With Wild

The Wild have "terminated the contract" of Assistant GM TOMMY THOMPSON. Thompson, a "longtime scout and player personnel guru," was one of the team's "first hires" by former GM DOUG RISEBROUGH (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/21). Thompson, the "last remaining member of the original management team," had been with the organization for 11 years. His contract expires on June 30 (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/21).

TURNING OVER A NEW MAPLE LEAF: The Canadian Olympic Committee Monday formally introduced Jean Dupré as its new CEO & Secretary General. Dupré, who will be based in Toronto, said that "one of his goals is to continue" the work of the On The Podium program so that "amateur sports would keep supplying services to athletes with Olympic medal chances" (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/20). The COC Monday also appointed CHRIS OVERHOLT as COO & CMO. Overholt has worked for the Raptors, NHL Panthers and Dolphins (CP, 4/19).

EXECS: Maloof Sports & Entertainment has hired Trail Blazers Dir of Group Sales PHILLIP HORN as VP/Ticket Sales & Services and STEPHEN LEOPOLD as VP/Group & Individual Ticket Sales. Leopold has spent the past six seasons as Exec VP for the AHL Albany River Rats and af2 Albany Firebirds (Maloof Sports & Entertainment)....Churchill Downs Inc. named TIMOTHY BRYANT President of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans. Current CDI Senior VP & Fair Grounds President AUSTIN MILLER will become President of Calder Casino & Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida, while CDI Senior VP and current Calder President TOM O'DONNELL will be leaving CDI as planned (CDI)….The MLS Crew named Eagles Dir of Marketing MICHAEL MALO Senior VP/Sales & Marketing (Crew)….MLS FC Dallas named former Penn State men's soccer coach BARRY GORMAN its first-ever Technical Dir (FC Dallas)....Minnesota Combative Sports Commissioner Exec Dir SCOTT LEDOUX, "fighting for his life against ALS," will resign from his position, effective May 15 (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/21).

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