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Executive Transactions

The MLBPA has made several executive staff changes to its business affairs group, including the promotion of assistant general counsel TIM SLAVIN to Dir of Business Affairs & Licensing/Senior Counsel, Business. Reporting directly to Slavin will be existing staff members RICHARD WHITE, promoted to GM of Business Affairs, Media & Int’l, and EVAN KAPLAN, elevated to Dir of Licensing & Business Development. The union additionally promoted NANCY WILLIS to Senior Category Dir of Retail Development & Apparel and Events Dir. The moves come in the wake of a restructuring of the department under Exec Dir MICHAEL WEINER following the '09 departure of JUDY HEETER as Dir of Business Affairs & Licensing after more than 19 years with the union. Slavin will now oversee all the day-to-day operations of MLBPA's commercial activities (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

EXECS: Churchill Downs Inc. has hired LG Electronics Mobilecomm USA VP & General Counsel ALAN TSE as Exec VP & General Counsel, effective March 22. Tse will report to CDI President & CEO ROBERT EVANS (CDI)....The Hornets have hired Predators President of Business Operations ED LANG as CFO (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 3/11)....Steelers Communications Coordinator DAVE LOCKETT is "leaving the team." Lockett, who has been with the team for 13 years, "will work his last day on Friday" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 3/11)....The NASL has hired MLS Chivas USA Dir of Operations DARREN MCCARTNEY to the same position (NASL)....Competitor Group has appointed JENNIFER PURDIE as Senior Editor of Inside Triathlon magazine (Competitor Group).

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