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Univ. of Washington President and incoming NCAA President MARK EMMERT is "trying to leave the university a month early" despite having to give the school a "six-month written notice if he left the university to take a new job," according to Katherine Long of the SEATTLE TIMES. Emmert announced his resignation in late April, "saying at the time that he would start the new job Nov. 1." However, he recently has "told a number of people he wants to leave the UW Oct. 1." Emmert's contract specifies that he would have to give UW "an amount equal to one month of his base salary -- or $51,666 -- if he leaves without giving six months' notice." The UW Board of Regents during a special meeting yesterday "unanimously agreed to let Chairman HERB SIMON negotiate the terms of Emmert's departure." That means the school "could change the terms of the contract, possibly even waving the need for Emmert to pay back a month's worth of his salary" (SEATTLE TIMES, 8/17).
The MLB Rangers named JAY MILLER Senior VP, effective August 30. Miller was with the Rangers from '83-95 and rejoins the organization after spending the past 12 years with Ryan-Sanders Baseball (Rangers).... The Coyotes have hired JIM BREWER as VP/Marketing & Communications. Miller most recently served as Senior Dir of Marketing for Arizona Technology Enterprises and ASU SkySong (Coyotes)....The independent Atlantic League York Revolution promoted Assistant GM NEIL FORTIER to VP/Business Development and Business Development Dir JOHN GIBSON to Assistant GM (Revolution).
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In Phoenix, Paola Boivin writes former NFLer KURT WARNER “isn’t simply accepting retirement, he’s embracing it.” Warner is “preparing for his work” as a game analyst with Fox and NFL Network. He also has been “offered a variety of reality TV opportunities, including an invitation to compete on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’” His family has been “pitched several reality shows that would follow the experiences of the quarterback, his wife, BRENDA, and their seven children.” Warner also has “met with producers interested in doing a movie on his life story.” He “hinted more broadcasting opportunities are in the works but didn’t want to specify until contracts are finalized” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/17).
Dutch Signs Representation Deal With Octagon
NAMES: Octagon signed pro hurdler JOHNNY DUTCH to a full representation agreement. Dutch will forgo his senior year at the Univ. of South Carolina, where he was the '10 NCAA champion in the 400m hurdles. He will be represented by Octagon agent RENALDO NEHEMIAH (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal)....AEG President & CEO TIM LEIWEKE will be a featured speaker at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club on Oct. 5 in London (THE DAILY)....Golfer FRED COUPLES has purchased a 6,100-square-foot home in Charlotte for $1.45M (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/13 issue).
IN MEMORY: Former Pirates GM JOE L. BROWN passed away Sunday at the age of 91 "after a long illness." Brown served as Pirates GM from '55-76 and "again briefly in 1985," and was part of World Series-winning teams in '60 and '71 (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 8/17)....Former NHL Kings radio analyst DAN AVEY, who "spent six years" in the role in the '70s, died Sunday at the age of 69 "after a five-year battle with cancer" (INSIDESOCAL.com, 8/16).