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Executive Transactions's Jesse Sanchez reported the Rangers Friday agreed to a four-year extension with GM JON DANIELS through '15. An extension for Assistant GM THAD LEVINE is "in the works" (, 3/4). In Dallas, Evan Grant noted the extension puts Daniels "in position to become the longest-tenured GM in club history" (, 3/4).

MAKING MOVES: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Eric Fisher reports Yahoo Sports "has made some management moves after the recent departure of KYLE LAUGHLIN to the Walt Disney Internet Group." The sports division is now being co-managed by DAVE MORGAN, Exec Editor for North America, and CLIFTON MA, Senior Manager of Business Operations for Yahoo Sports & Games. Morgan "will focus more on content and product initiatives," while Ma "will handle more of the core business-side and sales duties." Laughlin, who was head of Yahoo Sports & Games, "followed his former boss, JIMMY PITARO, who left Yahoo last October, over to Disney." Yahoo Sports "has now had six operational heads since 2005" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/7 issue).

EXECS: Sportsman Channel has promoted Dir of Marketing BEN LINES to VP/Marketing (Sportsman Channel)....Unilever has hired MARC MATHIEU as Senior VP/Marketing, effective April 1 (, 3/3)....Former Breeders' Cup President & CEO GREG AVIOLI has signed an employment agreement as President & CEO of the racing and gaming division of MI Developments Inc. (MID)....The Nuggets have moved Media Relations Manager DAN TOLZMAN to Scouting Coordinator. The Nuggets have hired Warriors PR Assistant NICK O'HAYRE to replace Tolzman as Media Relations Manager (Nuggets).

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