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MLS Rapids Managing Dir JEFF PLUSH is leaving his position after almost five years with the club (SOCCERAMERICA.com, 12/7)....The Missouri Valley Conference named Summit League Assistant Commissioner for Compliance GREG WALTER to the same position (MVC)....The Central Florida Sports Commission named DAVID ZSEMBIK Seminole County Marketing & Event Manager (THE DAILY).
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In San Jose, David Pollak notes Sharks co-Owner KEVIN COMPTON is the “most visible of the 11 people who comprise the ownership group that changed its name from Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment to San Jose Sports & Entertainment three months ago.” Compton, with “rare exception … avoids speaking publicly about the Sharks.” After team President & CEO GREG JAMISON’s departure in September, there was “a review of all aspects of an organization that had grown into much more than a hockey team and arena operator.” MMA operation Strikeforce was sold and a corporate merchandising division “that put logos of any company on T-shirts and mugs was jettisoned.” The team's online presence “was moved from communications to marketing” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 12/7).
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IN THE COURTS: In DC, Steve Yanda reports a Montgomery County (Md.) circuit court judge last week sided with T'Wolves F MICHAEL BEASLEY in a case against his former agent JOEL BELL and, "for the time being, eliminated the breach-of-contract lawsuit Bell brought against Beasley in January.” Beasley’s attorney on Monday “voluntarily withdrew the third-party complaint Beasley had filed in September against CURTIS MALONE, who coached Beasley as a youth.” While Malone’s involvement in the legal matter between Beasley and Bell “is done for now, the dispute between the two initial parties continues” (WASHINGTON POST, 12/7).
NAMES: DONALD TRUMP is “still buying the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, although the price he agreed to pay in the final contract was $150 million, or $20 million less than when the sale was announced in October.” The resorts filed papers in bankruptcy court Dec. 2 for “approval of procedures to hold an auction to learn if someone else will pay more than Trump.” If outbid, Trump will “earn a $4.5 million breakup fee” (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 12/6)....NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL will visit Ford Field for Sunday’s Vikings-Lions game as part of his fan forum series. Goodell will host a Q&A session with select season-ticket holders about three hours before the game (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 12/7)….Former NBAer ANTOINE WALKER was sentenced yesterday to five years of probation for failing to repay about $1M in gambling debts owed to three Las Vegas casinos (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 12/7)….Cubs President of Baseball Operations THEO EPSTEIN has paid $3.25M for a “newly-built, 7,800-square-foot house in Lakeview, just blocks from Wrigley Field” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/7).