SBD/Issue 154/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

The Eagles have promoted Senior VP & CFO DON SMOLENSKI to COO. The team also has signed President JOE BANNER to a contract extension (Eagles)....Under Armour named American Eagle Chief Merchandising Officer HENRY STAFFORD Senior VP/Apparel, effective in June (, 4/22)....Sporting News named JOE HOFFMAN Midwest Franchise Sales Dir. Hoffman, who will be based in Chicago, will be responsible for all sales of, Sporting News Today and Sporting News Magazine. For the past six years, Hoffman was Midwest Account Manager for SI and (THE DAILY)….Former Washington Times Deputy Sports Editor JOHN TAYLOR has been hired by SB Nation as Dir of Editorial Operations (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal)….Baseball HOFer Joe Morgan has joined the Reds as a Special Advisor, and his "chief role will be in the community." Morgan’s position with the Reds “will not affect his duties” on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/22)....UW-Milwaukee AD GEORGE KOONCE has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately. The university said in a statement the leave is "related to a personal matter." Senior Assistant to the Chancellor DAVE GILBERT will serve as acting AD in Koonce's absence (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/22)....Global sports television exec PHIL LINES will join CAA Sports June 1 to help build its global media advisory practice overseas. Most recently, Lines was Dir of Media Operations & Int'l Broadcasting for the EPL (CAA).

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