SBD/Issue 244/Sports Industrialists

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  • Executive Transactions

    The USOC as part of its structural changes revealed yesterday, announced that ERIC PARTHEN is "out as NGB organizational development director." Parthen left to "become a director for the World Series of Boxing" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 9/2)....The Aspire Group named CFL Toronto Argonauts Dir of Ticket Sales & Service JOHN MATHERS Manager at English soccer club Leicester City Football Club Fan Relationship Management Center (The Aspire Group)….ANDREW ABRAMS was named Video Editor/Director for the Blues (THE DAILY)….The AHL promoted Lauren Peterson to Dir of Hockey Administration/AHL Central Registry and Melissa Caruso to Executive Assistant to the President (THE DAILY)....The Charlotte Regional Sports Commission promoted CHRIS CLOUDEN to Senior Dir of Events & Marketing and named CHRIS RAYNOR Assistant Dir of Events and STEPHANIE YORK Assistant Dir of Marketing (Charlotte Regional Sports Commission)….Northwestern Univ. named KURT HASENBALG Assistant AD for Ticket Sales & Services. Hasenbalg spent the past six seasons with the White Sox (Northwestern Univ.)….Comcast Sports Group President JON LITNER was named to the BOD of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley (THE DAILY).

    EXECS: The Hornets appointed CARLOS DANIEL Strength Coach, ADAM TATALOVICH Video Coordinator and promoted MARK CRANSTON to Head Athletic Trainer (Hornets)….ISP Sports promoted MEG LITTLE and EMILY PETTORINI to Sales Operations Coordinators at the company's corporate HQs in Winston-Salem, N.C. ISP also promoted ERIK LOWERY to Senior Account Exec of the Ohio ISP Sports Network and KATE DEFRIECE to Account Exec of the Univ. of Mississippi Rebel ISP Sports Network. The company named RICK PATON Account Exec for the Univ. of Richmond Spider ISP Sports Network and HEATHER MEYER National Sales Assistant at corporate HQs (ISP Sports).

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  • Names In The News

    NBCSPORTS.com's Craig Calcaterra reports Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez "has fired uber agent Scott Boras and is now being represented full time by Pittsburgh attorney Jay Reisinger." Sources said that Rodriguez fired Boras "about a month ago," and it "wasn't really ugly or anything, which is why we didn't hear about it at the time." Reisinger has been "representing Rodriguez as his attorney for some time," and he "counseled him last year when the PED revelations came out." As "time has gone on, A-Rod's trust in Reisinger has grown, and Reisinger has assumed greater responsibility." He is "now -- and has been for some time -- the point of contact between A-Rod, the union, the league and the Yankees" (NBCSPORTS.com, 9/2).  

    REASON FOR LEAVING: Former USA Triathlon Exec Dir SKIP GILBERT said that he resigned from the NGB “after a clash” with its BOD. Gilbert said that his “abrupt departure Monday was the result of a dispute” with the 13-person board led by BRIAN HARRINGTON. Gilbert would not disclose “specifics of his resignation since his separation agreement with USA Triathlon is still being finalized.” But he said he “wasn’t planning on leaving” (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 9/1). Gilbert will “relinquish his seat” as Chair of the Association of Chief Executives for Sport (ACES). Candidates to replace him could include US Rowing Exec Dir and NGB Council Vice Chair GLENN MERRY, as well as ACES board members DAN CLOPPAS (USA Badminton), RICK PATZKE (USA Curling), STEVE PENNY (USA Gymnastics) and RON RADIGONDA (USA Softball) (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 9/2).

    Moreno Praised For
    Angels Ownership

    CALIFORNIA LOVE: In California, Jeff Miller writes compared to “what’s happening with the Dodgers,” every Angels fan “should roar with approval” of team Owner ARTE MORENO. He is “serious about winning,” a commitment “obvious in the team’s nine-figure payroll” (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/1)….The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Conor Dougherty profiles MLB Giants Managing General Partner BILL NEUKOM, who has “overseen a marked improvement” in the franchise since taking over last year. When asked how the economy has affected the Giants' ticket sales, Neukom said, “We’ve done a number of things. Packaging bleacher seats with free food, for example. This year, for the first time, we are the only team in baseball -- indeed in professional sports -- who are doing 100% dynamic pricing” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/2).

    CHASE FOR THE CUP: A group of former NCAA athletes yesterday unveiled the Capital One Cup, "which will be awarded to the top men's and women's Division I programs based on cumulative on-field performance across multiple sports." Official standings "will be released at the end of the fall, winter and spring athletic seasons," and in July, the two programs with the "highest aggregated point totals will be announced as winners." Each university "will be presented with a trophy, along with a $200,000 scholarship donation from Capital One, at the ESPY Awards" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/2).

    CHARITY STRIPE: The NFL "will host an online auction of signed memorabilia through the first week of the regular season to support" the Saints' Gulf Coast Renewal Fund. Proceeds "will help restore Louisiana's fragile wetlands, which in the last five years have been severely damaged by major hurricanes and the recent BP oil spill" (AP, 9/1)....Former NFLer ROCKY BLEIER and other former Steelers are "organizing a fundraising dinner to benefit the Flight 93 National Memorial." Bleier yesterday announced plans for the "40 for 40" dinner "that will bring together 40 Steelers alumni with the families of the 40 passengers and crew killed when the plane crashed" on Sept. 11, 2001 (ap, 9/2)....Pistons G RODNEY STUCKEY yesterday presented 500 children "with new backpacks full of school supplies and with Detroit Pistons knit hats" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/2).

    NAMES: Louisville Arena Authority Chair JIM HOST and the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau will be presented with the 19th annual Silver Anchor Awards by the Friends of the Waterfront, a non-profit auxiliary arm of the Waterfront Development Corp., on Sept. 16 (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 9/1)....NASCAR and IndyCar team owner CHIP GANASSI Tuesday was honored at Pittsburgh City Hall, and he "received a proclamation" making it Chip Ganassi Day in the city (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 9/1)....The Astros yesterday honored radio announcer MILO HAMILTON "for 65 years in broadcasting" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/2)....ESPN NASCAR analyst and former driver DALE JARRETT and former Charlotte Observer motorsports writer Tom Higgins will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's HOF in January (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/2)....Patriots DT VINCE WILFORK received the Ron Burton Community Service Award from Owner ROBERT KRAFT "for his charitable work, including efforts to raise money for diabetes research" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/2).....Syracuse Univ. men's basketball coach JIM BOEHEIM appeared on last night's episode of Travel Channel's "MAN V. FOOD," during which he ate a "double hot dog with host ADAM RICHMAN at Heid's of Liverpool in Syracuse" (FANHOUSE.com, 9/1).

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