SBD/Issue 204/Sports Industrialists

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  • Executive Transactions

    Bhatia Out As Nielsen President
    Of Advanced Digital Services

    Nielsen President of Advanced Digital Services MANISH BHATIA is "out as part of a reorganization." Nielsen "insiders say he had been growing frustrated with the relatively slow pace of some digital media measurement initiatives." The new structure features MATT O'GRADY leading the cross-media platform, TV, online and mobile audience measurement; CHERYL IDELL overseeing local TV media measurement product development; and PAT DINEEN managing the company's set-top data relationship with cable, telco and satellite TV operators (MEDIAPOST.com, 7/7)….IMG Media appointed truTV Manager of Program Development PETE ROSS Dir of Development. Ross will be based in N.Y. and will report to IMG Media Senior VP & Exec Producer STEVE MAYER (IMG)….FS Arizona named ADAM PFAU Account Exec. Previously, Pfau was an Account Exec for both the Riviera Broadcast Group in Phoenix and Cox Media (FSN)....Northern Arizona Univ. named PAM LOWIE Assistant AD for Academics. Lowie had served as Academic Coordinator and interim Assistant AD for the past three years (Northern Arizona).

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  • Names In The News

    Clemens Asks U.S. Court Of Appeals To
    Revive Defamation Case Against McNamee

    Lawyers for former MLBer ROGER CLEMENS yesterday asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to "revive a defamation lawsuit he filed against his former personal trainer, BRIAN MCNAMEE, who claims he injected the ex-major leaguer with steroids and human growth hormone more than a dozen times." Clemens "appealed after a federal judge in Houston dismissed most of his claims against McNamee in February 2009" (AP, 7/7).

    BEHIND THE SCENES: In Dallas, Leigh Munsil profiles North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee Dir of Business Development ROBBIE DOUGLAS, the "chief fundraiser" for the committee. Douglas is "responsible for raising the funds the host committee needs to run its programs by finding sponsors to foot the bill." The committee "has already secured more Million Dollar Sponsors than any other host committee" with 12, and Douglas said that it has sold about 60% of its sponsorship inventory and sponsorships are "still available" for Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6. Douglas also runs the committee's "emerging business program, which compiles a list of women- and minority-owned local businesses that are eligible for procurement opportunities with the Super Bowl" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 7/5).

    NAMES: Two Long Island men "have filed a federal lawsuit against Spike TV, claiming the television network flagrantly ripped off their copyrighted script" for "PROS VS. JOES." The plaintiffs in their suit filed last week claim that the "format of the show is nearly identical to a script they wrote, copyrighted and floated to television executives before the program hit the air" (N.Y. POST, 7/6)....Former Univ. of Kansas Assistant AD for Sales & Marketing BRANDON SIMMONS "has been charged as part of a federal probe into" the school's ticket scandal. A criminal information document claims that Simmons "knew tickets were stolen from the university but did not report it" (AP, 7/7)....Saints co-Owner & Exec VP RITA BENSON LEBLANC is among the keynote speakers for the Oct. 18-20 CTAM Summit in New Orleans (CABLEFAX DAILY, 7/8)....Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE Sunday marched in Toronto's Pride Parade in honor of his late son, BRENDAN, who "died in a winter storm car crash in February" (TORONTO STAR, 7/5).

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