SBD/September 9, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

DirecTV Thursday announced that PATRICK CRUMB has been promoted to President of DirecTV Sports Networks. Crumb will be responsible for leading the unit, as well as the company’s three RSNs branded as Root Sports. Crumb previously served as DirecTV Exec VP/Business Affairs & General Counsel. In that role, he negotiated long-term TV rights deals with pro teams such as the Pirates, Penguins, Rockies and Jazz, as well as the company's distribution deals with Comcast and other providers (DirecTV).

EXECS: Hulman & Co. has appointed IMS Corp. President & CEO JEFF BELSKUS to the same positions, effective Oct. 1. Belskus will replace CURT BRIGHTON, who is leaving Hulman & Co. to accept a position at another company (Hulman & Co.). RON GALL will assume Belskus' duties as CFO of Hulman & Co. (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/9)....Pasadena Tournament of Roses Exec Dir P. SCOTT MCKIBBEN resigned, effective Thursday, and will be replaced on an interim basis by COO WILLIAM FLINN (Tournament of Roses)....Easton Sports has hired Nike Commercial Dir of Action Sports JOHN GRAHAM as Senior VP/Commerce (Easton Sports)....Performance Bicycle named MARK LEYDECKER Senior VP/Merchandising (Performance Bicycle)....Providence College has given AD BOB DRISCOLL a two-year extension through the '17-18 academic year (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 9/8)....adidas India named TUSHAR GOCULDAS Brand Dir (adidas India)....New Meadowlands Racetrack named MIKE NEWLIN GM (New Meadowlands Racetrack)....Learfield Sports named Summit Group VP/Business Development CHAD JACKSON Business Development Manager for its Univ. of Minnesota sports property (Learfield Sports).

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