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Goren (l) Promoted To Vice Chair; Shanks (r)
To Replace Goren As Fox Sports President
Fox Sports Media Group Chair & CEO David Hill yesterday announced that Ed Goren has been promoted to Fox Sports Media Group Vice Chair, with former DirecTV Exec VP/Entertainment Eric Shanks named to replace Goren as Fox Sports President. The executive reorganization is effective June 1, with both Goren and Shanks reporting to Hill. Shanks, 38, is believed to be the youngest President of a broadcast network sports division ever. He becomes the third president of Fox Sports since its inception in '93, succeeding Hill and Goren (Fox Sports). The moves "will free Goren up to focus on Fox's other sports channels leaving the day-to-day operations of Fox Sports to Shanks" (LATIMES.com, 5/26). DAILY VARIETY's Stuart Levine noted the "transition was months in the planning and didn't come as a surprise to DirecTV." Sources indicated that Hill "has been a huge supporter of Shanks for 15 years and was anxious to bring him back to the Fox Sports fold" (VARIETY.com, 5/26). DirecTV said that it will announce succession plans for Shanks in the coming weeks (CABLEFAX DAILY, 5/27).
EPL club Hull City Dir MARTIN WALKER "has stepped down from his non-executive position." Walker will continue in his role as Dir of the Stadium Management Company which manages the lease on KC Stadium, home of Hull City. The move by Walker "follows recent moves to install" Owner RUSSELL BARTLETT as Chair and former Chair ADAM PEARSON as Head of Football Operations (BBC.co.uk, 5/26)….BILL SUPPER has announced his retirement as Exec Dir of the Int'l Bowling Museum & HOF (IBM/HF). Supper joined the museum last September (IBM/HF)….WWE Exec VP & General Counsel Jared Bartie is "no longer with the company." WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman said, "He was not fired from the job. We parted ways with Jared amiably" (CTPOST.com, 5/25)....KRAIG KANN, currently serving as an anchor and host at Golf Channel, is becoming Founder & Managing Dir of HTK Media LLC, which launched March 2 (HTK Media)….KemperLesnik named PALMER MOODY Group Account Dir, managing among others the Wilson Golf, KemperSports and EA Sports Maui Invitational accounts (KemperLesnik).
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Writer Feels Minnesota AD Joel
Maturi "Exercises Little Control"
A Hennepin County (MN) jury yesterday found that Univ. of Minnesota men's basketball coach TUBBY SMITH "falsely represented his ability to hire then Oklahoma State basketball assistant coach JIMMY WILLIAMS when the two spoke briefly on the phone" in April '07. Jurors said that the "negligence had damaged Williams," ordering the school to pay Williams $1.2M (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 5/27). In Minneapolis, Jim Souhan writes Williams' successful suit is the "latest sign" that UM AD JOEL MATURI is "overmatched, that he exercises little control where control is most needed." Souhan: "Real ADs are judged by the successes and failures of their revenue sports. In this way, too, Maturi is failing" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/27).
HONORABLE MENTION: In Ft. Worth, Randy Galloway writes while Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES earned the Sports Executive of the Year award and Cowboys Stadium won the Facility of the Year award at the Sports Business Awards, Arlington Mayor ROBERT CLUCK should be honored with a "Local politician who puts his butt on the line for the Jerry Joneses of the jock kingdom" award. Cluck said of Jones' Cowboys Stadium, "You can't partner up with a Jerry Jones, and then be tentative and run scared. With him, it's going to go big, real big. And in the end, you have to truly believe the rewards are also going to be huge for the city." Cluck agreed that the "rewards have been huge ... less than a year after the grand opening" of the stadium. Cluck: "That award for our stadium in New York last week thrilled me. National, and even worldwide, the facility has brought the attention and the revenue to Arlington, and really, Jerry is only scratching the surface" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/27).
EARNING HIS STRIPES: In Birmingham, Kevin Scarbinsky wrote if you're wondering what SEC Commissioner Mike Slive did to justify a $1M bonus during the '08-09 FY, "all you have to do is turn on your TV for the next 14 years." Slive "earned every penny," as he "signed unprecedented 15-year deals with CBS and ESPN that will put the league's schools and many of its sports on national television more than 5,500 times." Scarbinsky: "By making it easier for the next great quarterback or stopper around the country to watch great SEC teams play in front of large SEC crowds, Slive made it easier for SEC coaches to continue to recruit those great athletes. And whether there's less cheating in the league than there was when Slive took over in 2002 or simply not as much whistle-blowing, he's made good on his pledge to put the focus back on the field" (AL.com, 5/26).
Gretzky (c) Was Honored With LASEC's
Ambassador Award Of Excellence
NAMES: Cavaliers Owner DAN GILBERT "by this time next year ... wants to have a casino open and occupying the first couple of floors of the Higbee Building in downtown Cleveland." But city and state officials indicated that it will be just the "first phase" of the main $700M casino slated for mid-'13, and the "result will be two separate gambling facilities that will be connected and regarded as one casino" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/27)....The BEN ROETHLISBERGER Foundation, "working in conjunction with The Giving Back Fund," will distribute grants to police and fire departments "in Pittsburgh as well as the eight cities where the Steelers play road games in 2010" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 5/27)....Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian DONALD DAVIDSON, former Indy 500 chief mechanic JIM TRAVERS and late chief mechanic FRANK COON tonight will be inducted into the Auto Racing HOF at IMS (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/27)....Hockey HOFer WAYNE GRETZKY on May 10 was honored with the L.A. Sports & Entertainment Commission's Ambassador Award of Excellence at the 11th Annual LASEC Golf Classic at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (LASEC).
BEST WISHES: A Padres official said that announcer JERRY COLEMAN "was doing well after he had a pacemaker inserted in a planned procedure" yesterday. Coleman is "expected to be released from the hospital" this afternoon, and the team "believes he will fly with the team to Philadelphia and New York next week" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 5/27).