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The USOC today announced a restructuring of its staff that will see COO Norm Bellingham take over management responsibility for the sports performance division. The sports performance division will be led by Alan Ashley, the former head of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association's sports division who joined the USOC in '06. As Chief of Sport Performance, Ashley will oversee the allocation of financial and value-in-kind support to NGBs and athletes. Mike English, who took over as the interim Chief of Sport Performance in '09, will transition into a new role overseeing the sports operation division, which manages Olympic training centers nationwide. In addition to overseeing sports performance, Bellingham will continue to oversee HR and strategic planning at the USOC. On the business side of the organization, the marketing department will be restructured into five divisions that report to CMO Lisa Baird. Marketing services will be led by John Pierce, partnership marketing by Susan Goldsmith and Mitch Poll, business development by Jordan Schlachter and licensing by Peter Zeytoonjian. Longtime marketing executive Chester Wheeler will take over responsibility for NGB marketing and business development, a duty that previously was managed by the sport division. The USOC also plans to hire a director of NGB organizational development, who will report directly to CEO Scott Blackmun.
AFL Extends Contract For
Commissioner Jerry Kurz
The Arena Football League has approved a one-year contract extension for Commissioner Jerry Kurz. Kurz was part of the original AFL ownership group when it was created in '87, and was named commissioner during its '10 relaunch after the old AFL was shuttered in '09 and bought out of bankruptcy. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed (John Lombardo, SportsBusiness Journal)....The Lightning named Magic Exec VP/Sales & Marketing STEVE GRIGGS COO for the team and the St. Pete Times Forum (Lightning)….Comcast-Spectacor named RUSS CHANDLER Exec VP & CFO. Chandler spent the past 18 years at Comcast Cable, most recently as Senior VP/Programming (Comcast-Spectacor)….Speed Skating Canada named JOHN-PAUL CODY-COX CEO, replacing JEAN DUPRE, who left after 15 years to become CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/31)….The Thunder promoted TROY WEAVER to VP/Assistant GM, ROB HENNIGAN to Assistant GM/Player Personnel, PAUL RIVERS to Dir of Minor League Operations & Basketball Technology and BRANDON BARNETT to Dir of Minor League Scouting and Manager of Minor League Operations. The team also named MICHAEL WINGER Assistant GM/Legal & Administration and DAVID VANTERPOOL Pro Scout (Thunder).
EXECS: N.C. State Univ. named CHRIS KINGSTON Senior Associate AD. He will oversee external initiatives, outdoor and indoor facilities, game operations, athletic branding, multimedia rights and NCAA recertification (NCSU)….The Big South Conference promoted Coordinator of New Media MARK BRYANT to Dir of Multimedia Development and Office Manager NANCY PERKINS to Dir of Administration & Finance (Big South)….The Univ. of Delaware named AUGIE MAURELLI Assistant AD for Strength & Conditioning (Univ. of Delaware)….RON OLIN was named Dir of Security/Internal Controls for the athletic department at the Univ. of Kansas. Olin retired as Chief of Police for Lawrence, Kan., yesterday (KU).
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Strahan, Bradshaw Among Fox NFL Personalities
Filming PSAs For St. Jude's Children's Hospital
The Cowboys have established a $1M marketing partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help fight against breast cancer. They have started the "I Promise" campaign in which they call upon fans to "make personal promises designed to raise awareness for the fight about breast cancer." The Cowboys will introduce radio and TV PSAs, among other initiatives (DALLASNEWS.com, 8/31)....Fox Sports has teamed up with St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital to help children who are stricken with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Several Fox NFL personalities, including TROY AIKMAN, TERRY BRADSHAW, JOE BUCK, JAY GLAZER and MICHAEL STRAHAN, filmed a series of PSAs that will air throughout the entire NFL season (Fox Sports).
CHARITY STRIPE: LOCOG CEO PAUL DEIGHTON has been awarded a bonus of about US$464,000 and he is "donating the full sum to charity" (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 8/31)....Magic C DWIGHT HOWARD on Sept. 15 will co-host "Concert for a Cause ... Remembering Haiti" at the House of Blues in Orlando. Howard also plans to visit Haiti later this month (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 8/31)....Sportsman Channel and Dish Network are collaborating on the "Sportsman Fund" to "bring continuing awareness and monies to the restoration efforts in the Gulf region following the oil spill" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 8/31).
MY WORLD: Last night's edition of ABC's "SHAQ VS." featured Celtics C SHAQUILLE O’NEAL competing against singer Justin Bieber and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel. Bieber defeated O'Neal in a team pickup basketball game and won the right to take O'Neal's private jet anywhere he wanted. Kimmel also won, besting O’Neal in a competition to write and perform the best monologue ("Shaq Vs.," ABC, 8/31).
NAMES: On Long Island, Josh Stewart profiles NFL Senior VP/PR GREG AIELLO, whose Twitter account has become "much more commonplace" as a news source than an actual league press release. Aiello said, "It's like a wire service now, so if I want to get something out today, the quickest way would be Twitter. As opposed to the old days where you'd send it to AP, and then when the AP got it on the wire, everybody had it" (SYOSSET.PATCH.com, 8/27)....Cubs Chair TOM RICKETTS' Incapital LLC has quadrupled its investment sales since '07 "to an estimated $60 billion this year" (CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 8/30)....Tennis player ANDY RODDICK has bet JUSTIN GIMELSTOB that the Tennis Channel analyst "will not be able to complete the New York City Marathon in November." At the time of the bet, Gimelstob had "never run farther than three miles." The loser of the bet "will write a check to the winner's charity" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/1)....ESPN's LEE CORSO has been selected as the recipient of the National College Football Awards Association's '10 Contributions to College Football Award (ESPN)....ESPN NASCAR reporter JAMIE LITTLE and Motorsports Management Int'l Client Manager CODY SELMAN have plans to get married Dec. 11 in San Diego (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 9/1)....A source indicated that JOHN ARUM, the 49-year-old son of Top Rank Chair BOB ARUM, "has gone missing while hiking near Seattle" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/31).