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Wasserman Media Group Principal GARY STEVENSON is “leaving the firm, effective immediately,” according to Terry Lefton in this week’s SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Stevenson’s move “comes a little more than three years after he sold the OnSport consultancy he founded” to WMG. Senior VP MALCOLM TURNER will assume Stevenson’s title as principal of WMG Consulting and will remain in N.Y. Stevenson said, “The agency business is not where I want to finish my career. ... I’m a big believer in change. I think there should be term limits on commissioners. New ideas are good for sports and clients. Everyone benefits from a new perspective.” He added of his future plans, “I’m going to whatever's next. I don’t have an exact plan. But I’m not retiring.” Stevenson said that he “will continue to teach the Business of Sport at Duke University” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/13 issue).
Petty Holdings is promoting BRIAN FLYNN to CEO. The longtime CEO of Richard Petty Driving Experience will continue to manage the company, a leader in NASCAR-style stock car driving experiences, as well as Petty's intellectual property and other licensing business. The 48-year-old Flynn served as president of Petty Enterprises from '00-03 and as CEO of Richard Petty Driving Experience from '00 to today. Petty Holdings is owned by private equity firm BV Investment Partners and RICHARD PETTY (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal).
JOINING THE TEAM: Former longtime Washington Sports & Entertainment PR executive Matt Williams has joined Maroon PR as VP/Business Development. Williams, 45, joins the Maryland-based PR firm after 20 years with Washington Sports & Entertainment, which was owned by the late Abe Pollin. Pollin owned the Washington Wizards and the Verizon Center. Williams left Washington Sports in July (John Lombardo, SportsBusiness Journal).
EXECS: FSN Pittsburgh has removed TED BLACK as VP & GM. FSN Pittsburgh Exec Producer SEAN MCCLINTOCK "assumes Black's duties," and also will continue to oversee production of Penguins and Pirates telecasts. The network's programming has been "so reduced that it's possible DirecTV, which owns the station, felt the administrative duties could be handled by one person" (POST-GAZETTE.com, 9/11)....RICHARD NAIRN has rejoined the Coyotes as Senior Dir of Media Relations. He previously worked for the NHL club from '93-'07 (THE DAILY)....Real Salt Lake signed GM GARTH LAGERWEY to a new five-year contract through the '14 MLS season (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 9/10)....The Int'l Tennis HOF Friday announced the election of 11 new members to its BOD, including Tennis Channel Chair & CEO Ken Solomon (Tennis HOF)....The Nets named Milton Lee Dir of Basketball Operations (Nets)....WNBA Chicago Sky coach & GM STEVEN KEY resigned from the team on Friday (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 9/10)....The Orange Bowl Committee has hired D'Backs Sales Consultant ARMANDO RAMIREZ as Account Exec for Corporate & Patron Ticket Sales (THE DAILY)....Univ. of San Francisco AD DEBRA GORE-MANN will resign from the post after four years, effective Friday (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/11)....The NBA D-League Tulsa 66ers hired MATTHEW ULLMAN as Account Exec (THE DAILY).
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