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  • Executive Transactions

    Gilbert joins New Zealand-based Time-7 Sport as President & CEO

    Former USA Triathlon CEO and NGB Council Chair SKIP GILBERT has been named President & CEO of Time-7 Sport, a New Zealand-based company specializing in timing and data capture products. He will open the company's first U.S. office in Colorado Springs and oversee its expansion into North and South America. Prior to USA Triathlon, Gilbert worked at USA Swimming, U.S. Soccer, the Arena Football League and several sports publications (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal).

    EXECS: The CBC has hired JEFFREY ORRIDGE as Exec Dir of Sports Properties, replacing SCOTT MOORE. Orridge "will oversee the public broadcaster's TV sports division, including partnerships and rights acquisitions, effective April 4" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 3/7)....R&A Dir of Championships DAVID HILL, who "has effectively organised" the British Open Championship for the last 30 years, has retired, effective immediately. The departure leaves the R&A "minus a vital cog in its wheel with this year's Open Championship, at Royal St George's, just over four months away" (SCOTSMAN.com, 3/8)....Nike has tapped Dir of Global Sports Communications DEAN STOYER to serve as Global Communications Dir for the Nike Foundation (THE DAILY)....Former U.S. Rep. MARTIN SABO was named Friday to the Minnesota Ballpark Authority, the public body that owns Target Field (STARTRIBUNE.com, 3/4)....The Oregon Sports Authority has elected Northwest Strategies, Inc. President LEN BERGSTEIN as President. The OSA also elected Univ. of Oregon AD ROB MULLENS as a Director (OSA)....Eagles Salary Cap Analyst ADAM KATZ has left the team. He has been replaced by DERRON HARRIS, who was named Manager of Football Administration (YARDBARKER.com, 3/6)....The CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers have named DAVID ASPER and PHIL SHEEGL to their BOD. Asper is a member of the Faculty of Law at the Univ. of Manitoba, and Sheegl currently serves as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Winnipeg (Blue Bombers).

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  • Names In The News

    Sabol hospitalized in K.C. after suffering seizure Saturday night

    NFL Films President STEVE SABOL is "in stable condition" in a K.C. hospital after "suffering a seizure Saturday night." Sabol, 68, became ill while attending the 101 Awards in K.C., where he was to accept the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football on behalf of NFL Films. He "underwent a series of tests over the weekend, and was awake and alert" yesterday (NFL.com, 3/7).

    PHOENIX RISING
    : In Phoenix, Mike Sunnucks profiles FS Arizona General Sales Manager ED OLSEN, who "often is at games and events promoting FSAZ, hosting advertisers and courting potential clients." Olsen, who joined the network from Cox Communications, said, "Depending on the time of year, I will take in as many as 10 to 12 games each month" (PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/4 issue).

    NAMES: In Chicago, Dave van Dyck profiled White Sox Manager of Cultural Development JACKSON MIRANDA, whose job is to "enable Latin players to interact totally with teammates, media and fans and immerse into the Chicago community." Miranda: "It's more to help them feel comfortable in the new environment they're in and to be able to navigate without any problems" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/6)....Golf Town is "taking another swing at the U.S. market." Canada's largest golf retailer later this month will "launch five stores in the Boston area, with a sixth planned." Eventually, "after acquiring a rival," Golf Town CEO STEPHEN BEBIS "envisions as many as 600 U.S. outlets" (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/8)....BROADCASTING & CABLE included NFL Exec VP & General Counsel JEFF PASH and Turner Sports Senior VP and GM for Sports Operations MATTHEW HONG among its "12 Names To Know In 2011" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 3/7 issue)....Former Univ. of Kansas Assistant Dir of Ticket Operations JASON JEFFRIES and former KU Assistant AD for Sales & Marketing BRANDON SIMMONS yesterday "received probation in federal court," after having "pleaded guilty in July to withholding information about a crime." Unlike five former KU employees who "together must forfeit" $2M to the government for their role in the athletic department's ticketing scandal, Jeffries and Simmons must pay only $56,000 and $157,480, respectively (K.C. STAR, 3/8).

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