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  • NFL Exec VP Joe Browne Switching Roles, Will Remain As Adviser

    Joe Browne, The NFL's Longest-Serving
    Executive Ever, Is Stepping Down As Exec VP

    NFL Exec VP/Communications & Public Affairs JOE BROWNE, the longest-serving executive ever at the NFL, is stepping down, though he will remain with the league in an advisory capacity. He and NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL agreed to the change over the weekend, and he formally notified the commissioner yesterday, according to an internal league memo sent out yesterday. Browne has been a close adviser to three commissioners. A 45-year veteran of the league office, he started in the mail room, with his career now spanning half of the 90-year life of the NFL. “I have been extremely fortunate to have had mentors such as the late PETE ROZELLE and PAUL TAGLIABUE during my career,” he wrote yesterday in an e-mail to Goodell, a copy of which was attached to the memo. “I am also pleased to have seen you succeed them as commissioner.” The Goodell memo said he would make the transition this spring. “He and I agreed that he will remain on staff full time as senior adviser to me after his EVP successor is named,” the memo from Goodell to league staff said. “He will remain involved with our Congressional and other political issues in Washington as well as local legislative matters in NFL markets. Joe will keep NFL Charities, USA Football and the Youth Football Fund among his responsibilities.” Browne said, “I think it’s important in one’s career that every 45 years or so you change your role. Roger was great about it. Now I have the opportunity to re-load and re-focus on issues that are both important to the league and of special interest to me -- ranging from legislative matters in Washington to youth football development. I am staying on full-time and not going anywhere, except maybe to dinner around 9 PM. I look forward to continuing to try to make a positive difference for the NFL.” The top internal candidate to replace Browne will likely be NFL Senior VP/PR GREG AIELLO.

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  • THE DAILY Presents Third-Round NFL Draft Picks And Agents

    The following chart lists the agents and their agencies/firms who are repping the NFL’s third-round draft picks. Some players are listed with more than one representative due to different responsibilities they may have for their client. The list of first-round selections and agents can be found in Friday's issue of THE DAILY; second-round selections are in yesterday's issue.

    Jerome Murphy/CB/South Florida
    Drew Rosenhaus/Rosenhaus Sports
    Lions Amari Spievey/CB/Iowa Andy Simms, Nate Huber/PlayersRep Sports Management
    Buccaneers Myron Lewis/CB/Vanderbilt Drew Rosenhaus/Rosenhaus Sports
    Chiefs Jon Asamoah/G/Illinois Joe Panos, Eric Metz, Vance Malinovic, Ethan Lock/Lock, Metz & Malinovic
    Raiders Jared Veldheer/OT/Hillsdale Rick Smith/Priority Sports & Entertainment
    Ravens Ed Dickson/TE/Oregon Jeff Sperbeck/NOVO Agency
    Packers Morgan Burnett/S/Georgia Tech Kevin Conner, Robert Brown/Universal Sports Management
    Bills Alex Carrington/DE/Arkansas State Roosevelt Barnes/Maximum Sports Management
    Dolphins John Jerry/G/Ole Miss Bus Cook, Donald Weatherall/BC Sports
    Jaguars D'Anthony Smith/DT/Louisiana Tech Bus Cook, Donald Weatherall/BC Sports
    Bears Major Wright/S/Florida Mitch Frankel/Impact Sports Management
    Giants Chad Jones/S/LSU Rocky Arceneaux/Alliance Sports
    Titans Damian Williams/WR/USC David Dunn, Mark Humenik, Justin Schulman, Joby Branion, Nick Sanchez/Athletes First
    Panthers Brandon LaFell/WR/LSU Brian Overstreet/E. Overstreet Sports Management
    Chargers Donald Butler/LB/Washington Eugene Parker/Maximum Sports Management
    Broncos J.D. Walton/C/Baylor Bill Johnson, Pat Dye/ProFiles Sports
    Texans Earl Mitchell/DT/Arizona Ron Slavin, Brad Leshnock/BTI Sports Advisors
    Steelers Emmanuel Sanders/WR/SMU Jordan Woy/Jordan Woy & Associates
    Falcons Corey Peters/DT/Kentucky Greg Linton/HOF Player Representatives
    Bengals Jordan Shipley/WR/Texas Bill Johnson, Pat Dye/ProFiles Sports
    Browns Colt McCoy/QB/Texas David Dunn/Athletes First
    Eagles Daniel Te'o-Nesheim/DE/Washington Eric Kaufman, Gary Uberstine/Premier Sports & Entertainment
    Broncos Eric Decker/WR/Minnesota Todd France/France AllPro Athlete Management
    Cardinals Andre Roberts/WR/The Citadel Scott Smith, Jason Bernstein/XAM Sports
    Panthers Armanti Edwards/WR/Appalachian State Joel Segal, Greg Barnett/BEST
    Patriots Taylor Price/WR/Ohio Rob Slavin/BTI Sports Advisors
    49ers Navorro Bowman/LB/Penn State Drew Rosenhaus/Rosenhaus Sports
    Browns Shawn Lauvao/G/Arizona State Mark Humenik, Justin Schulman, David Dunn/Athletes First
    Chiefs Tony Moeaki/TE/Iowa Jack Bechta/JB Sports
    Colts Kevin Thomas/CB/USC Michael Hoffman, Gary Uberstine/Premier Sports & Entertainment
    Saints Jimmy Graham/TE/Miami Jimmy Sexton/Athletic Resources Management
    Bengals Brandon Ghee/CB/Wake Forest Andy Ross, Mike Sullivan/Octagon
    Titans Rennie Curran/LB/Georgia Deryk Gilmore/Priority Sports & Entertainment
    Falcons Mike Johnson/G/Alabama Pat Dye, Bill Johnson/ProFiles Sports

    DRAFT WRAP-UP: Tomorrow’s issue of THE DAILY will list the final total of agents and agencies representing all 255 players chosen in this year’s NFL Draft.

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  • Executive Transactions

    The Hurricanes named Padres VP/Sales JIM BALLWEG Senior Dir of Corporate Sponsorships and promoted Dir of Team Operations BRIAN TATUM to Senior Dir of Team Operations (Hurricanes)....Nike Dir of Community & Business Relations WILLIE GREGORY has been named President of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, succeeding KEVIN KANE, who has been named Chair (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 4/27)....Maloof Sports & Entertainment promoted NBA Kings VP/Business Communications MITCH GERMANN to VP/Marketing & Communications (SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/23 issue)....The Univ. of Oregon appointed JAMIE MOFFITT to the newly created position of Exec Senior Associate AD for Finance & Administration, directing all aspects of the athletics department's business operations. Moffitt is currently the Associate Dean for Finance & Operations at the Univ. of Oregon School of Law (Portland OREGONIAN, 4/26)....Just Marketing Int'l named JULIE MCKOWEN Quality Assurance Coordinator (Just Marketing).

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  • Names In The News

    Yankees Presented Obama With An Autographed
    Jersey, Took Tour Of The White House

    PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday honored the Yankees for their '09 World Series title during a 10-minute ceremony at the White House. Several Yankees players and execs "presented Obama with a signed No. 27 jersey, and posed for photos with the President." At one point when Obama held the championship trophy, Yankees VP & Assistant GM Jean Afterman said, "You might not get to hold it again." Obama responded, "You wonder why other teams don't root for you." Yankees SS DEREK JETER joked, "He better be careful with that. There's a lot of Yankees fans that vote" (, 4/26). Yankees front-office officials in attendance included co-Chair & Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner, GM Brian Cashman and President Randy Levine (, 4/26).

    POLICE BLOTTER: Federal prosecutors allege that accused Ponzi swindler NEVIN SHAPIRO "used his wealth and prominent connections," including those to Heat G DWYANE WADE and Cavaliers C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, to "bolster an image of a successful grocery broker selling stakes in lucrative import deals." The prosecutors claim that the scam "cost roughly 60 investors" at least $80M (MIAMI HERALD, 4/24). O'Neal on Sunday admitted that he knows Shapiro, but said that he "did not receive a pair of diamond-encrusted handcuffs from Shapiro as a birthday gift and he never did business with him," as the Miami Herald report alleges (, 4/25).

    BOOKSHELF: On Long Island, Neil Best reviews sports radio personality SID ROSENBERG's new book, "YOU'RE WRONG AND YOU'RE UGLY." It is an "entertaining read full of candid admissions and blunt opinions from Rosenberg" and 22 other media personalities who contribute to the book. People with an "interest in New York sports radio and its cast of characters, especially Rosenberg," should read the book. But those "who do not have an avid interest in New York radio and/or Rosenberg" might wonder "about the point of it all" (NEWSDAY, 4/27)....Ravens OT MICHAEL OHER is penning an autobiography, "I BEAT THE ODDS," detailing his life that also inspired the movie and book "THE BLIND SIDE." The autobiography is due out in February (, 4/26)....The Sporting News and the Society for Baseball Research honored author DENNIS PAJOT for his '09 book, "THE RISE OF MILWAUKEE BASEBALL" (, 4/26).

    NAMES: Cavaliers Owner DAN GILBERT's plan for casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati is "taking shape." In addition to plans for a $600M casino near Quicken Loans Arena, Gilbert's Rock Ventures LLC holding group earlier this month "bought a 20-acre site in Cincinnati" for $35M (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 4/26 issue)....A bill pending in the Michigan Legislature "would designate a stretch of I-475 through Flint" as the "Mark Ingram Memorial Highway." Univ. of Alabama RB MARK INGRAM, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, went to high school at Flint Southwestern Academy (AP, 4/26)....Suns F GRANT HILL has been awarded the Joe Dumars Trophy as the '09-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner. Hill becomes the first three-time winner of the award, previously earning the distinction in '04-05 and '07-08 (NBA)....Celebrities expected to attend Friday's Barnstable Brown Gala ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby include Patriots QB TOM BRADY, Packers QB AARON RODGERS, former MLBer BARRY BONDS, U.S. figure skater JOHNNY WEIR, U.S. skier BODE MILLER and Univ. of Kentucky men's basketball coach JOHN CALIPARI (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 4/27).

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