SBD/March 4, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

USA Weightlifting has hired Throttle Motorsports Marketing Managing Dir JOHN DUFF as CEO. Duff replaces interim CEO LAURIE LOPEZ, who had served in the position since October when RICK ADAMS "left after 15 months on the job to become" Dir of NGB Organizational Development for the USOC. Duff will report to USA Weightlifting Chair ARTIE DRECHSLER (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 3/4).

FRANCHISES: The Padres have promoted Dir of Community Affairs and the Padres Foundation SUE BOTOS to VP/Community Relations (Padres)....The Cavaliers have hired BRIAN HERBERT as Dir of Safety & Security for Quicken Loans Arena and Cleveland Clinic Courts, the Cavs' practice facility (Cavaliers)....The Hornets have hired T'Wolves and WNBA Lynx Ticket Sales Associate JOE KRAMER as New Business Development Exec (THE DAILY).

EXECS: ESPN has promoted producer AMY ROSENFELD to coordinating producer overseeing global soccer coverage. She will report to ESPN Senior VP and Exec Producer for Event Production JED DRAKE. Rosenfeld, who will be based at ESPN HQs, will be responsible for all soccer events on ESPN's linear and digital networks (ESPN)....Comcast Sports Group has promoted MARSHA PEREZ to Research & Marketing Solutions Senior Analyst (THE DAILY)....Learfield Sports has appointed JOSH PHANCO as Associate GM and HANK CHARLES as Account Exec for Fresno State Univ.'s Bulldog Sports Properties (Learfield)....The Univ. of Miami has named Deputy AD TONY HERNANDEZ as acting AD until the school makes a permanent hire to replace KIRBY HOCUTT, who left to become AD at Texas Tech Univ. UM "hopes to complete its national search by the fall" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/4)....The Univ. of New Haven has hired Eastern College Athletic Conference Dir of Division III Governance JENNIFER PACELLI as Associate AD for Marketing & Business Affairs (New Haven)....Federated Sports & Gaming has hired MATT SAVAGE as Tournament Dir for the company's new poker league. Savage will continue to serve as Exec Tour Dir of the World Poker Tour. FSG also has hired KAT KOWAL as VP/League Operations & Programming and JOANNE PRIAM as Dir of Player Relations (FSG)....The PGA Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic has hired JIM GREEN as Tournament Sales Associate and NATHAN HARRELL and LEIGH ANN RUSSELL as Tournament Assistants (Greater Hickory Classic).

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