SBD/Issue 81/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

Battle Hopes To Continue Working
In Sports After IMG College Departure

SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Michael Smith reports IMG College Chair PAT BATTLE, who has led the division since its launch in '07, "will leave the company in June when his contract expires." Battle said that he is "not sure what's next for him, but he hopes it will be something that keeps him in sports" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/10 issue)....SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's John Lombardo reports MSG Sports has hired GREG ECONOMOU to the newly created position of Exec VP/Revenue Performance. He will be responsible for "revenue generation and performance across all MSG Sports properties," which include the Knicks, NHL Rangers and WNBA Liberty. Economou is "expected to join MSG Sports this month and report to MSG Sports President SCOTT O'NEIL." Economou most recently served as Managing Dir & CEO for Charlotte-based sports marketing consultancy BrandThink. He previously worked for the Bobcats as Exec VP & CMO, and he also has served as NBA Senior VP/Marketing & Communications (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/10 issue).

EXECS: The Univ. of Kansas has named Chiefs Dir of Ticket Operations DOUG HOPKINS to the same position. Hopkins "will take over the KU ticket office in the aftermath of the $2 million ticket scandal that involved at least five former members of the ticket office." Hopkins has served as Dir of Ticket Operations for the Chiefs since '94 (K.C. STAR, 1/8)....The MLB Cardinals have promoted Dir of Baseball Development MICHAEL GIRSCH to Assistant GM, replacing JOHN ABBAMONDI, who recently joined the Padres as VP/Strategy & Business Analysis. The Cardinals also promoted Senior Quantitative Analyst for Baseball Operations SIG MEJDAL to the newly created position of Dir of Amateur Draft Analysis (Cardinals)....The Univ. of Texas-Arlington has promoted Associate AD GREGG ELKIN to Senior Associate AD for External Affairs (THE DAILY)....Fox Soccer Channel hired JASON WORMSER from NFL Network to serve as VP/Production, reporting to Senior VP/Production DERMOT MCQUARRIE. Wormser previously worked as a producer with Fox from '96-'03. For the past seven years, he has been a senior producer at NFL Network (John Ourand, THE DAILY)....The MLS Crew have hired TRISHA MCCARTHY as Fan Development Coordinator, BRANDIE PIFER as Season Ticket Account Exec and LEEANA RUSSELL as Group Sales Account Exec (Crew)....The AFL has hired Mid-American Conference Officials Supervisor CARL PAGANELLI as Supervisor of Officials (AFL).

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