SBD/April 14, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

McCullers agrees to terms on four-year extension with MLS Crew
MLS Columbus Crew President & GM MARK MCCULLERS has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension (Crew). McCullers said that the Crew have "three core business goals" that they hope to "reach in the next three seasons: secure naming rights for the stadium, get a sponsor for the jerseys and roughly double season-ticket sales to 10,000" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 4/14).

EXECS: AFL Commissioner JERRY KURZ has reached an agreement on a multiyear extension through the '13 season (AFL)....Nike has hired Levi Strauss & Co. Exec VP & President of Dockers JIM CALHOUN as VP & CEO of Hurley Int'l LLC. Calhoun had been with Levi since '08. Previously, he spent "nine years in various roles" with The Walt Disney Co., including serving as Exec VP & GM for Disney Consumer Products for North and Latin America (, 4/13)....NBC Universal Exec VP & Chief Diversity Officer PAULA MADISON and Telemundo President DON BROWNE are the "latest executives to leave the company in the wake of Comcast's takeover." NBC said that a successor for Browne, "who worked for the company for more than 30 years and turns 68 next month, will be named soon." Browne's last day will be June 3, the "eighth anniversary of his starting at Telemundo" as COO (, 4/12)....Learfield Sports has appointed a four-member team to lead its new Northwestern Sports Properties entity. GM BOB WELCH will lead the team, which also includes Business Development Managers AMY POTTER and STEVE MCNELLEY and Account Exec RYAN CONNORS (Learfield).

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