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The Dodgers last night announced they have hired noted stadium planner JANET MARIE SMITH as their Senior VP/Planning & Development. She will oversee planned upgrades and renovations to Dodger Stadium by new club owners Guggenheim Baseball Management. Smith joins the Dodgers from the Orioles, where she was VP/Planning & Development and led the development of Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., and 20th anniversary enhancements to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In her new role, Smith reunites with current Dodgers President STAN KASTEN, as the pair worked together in Atlanta on projects such as the creation of Turner Field. "I had really finished up what I set out to do with the Orioles, and this seemed like a very natural transition," said Smith, who also played a major role in the restoration of Fenway Park. "I'm also thrilled with the chance to be back with Stan. I'm coming in with no preconceptions because this is a very different stadium than any other one in MLB." Smith will maintain her residence in Baltimore and travel frequently to L.A., where she lived during the early '80s (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal). Kasten said that “much of the initial work could be completed prior to the 2013 home opener.” Kasten: “We’re on an aggressive timeline. We would like to do as much as we can by Opening Day next year.” He added, “It’s going to take several years, probably, to do all the things we want. But our goal certainly is to do a lot of this by next year.” Kasten said Smith liked the “retro, ’50s feel” of Dodger Stadium. He added that the changes “would be incorporated into its current design, much as was accomplished at Fenway.” Kasten: “I do think we have the potential to do even more than they did at Fenway, because we have more room to do things.” Kasten said that bids are “already being taken for infrastructure improvements for power, water and data systems, and it was hoped that work could be completed during the offseason.” He said that later changes “could include additional restaurants and bars, kids’ areas, relaxation areas, history displays and interactive areas” (L.A. TIMES, 8/7).
NFL Network COO KIM WILLIAMS is leaving the net at the end of the week to take a position at an L.A.-based media company, the name of which is not known. Her last day with the NFL is Friday. Williams started with the league in '03 as a Senior VP. She also was NFL CFO. She has served in her current position since '06. Williams was a member of SportsBusiness Journal's Forty-Under-40 class in '07. She also was named Woman of the Year by WISE in '12 (John Ourand, THE DAILY).
EXECS: The Ravens named NBA Statistical Consultant & Data Structure Designer SANDY WEIL Football Analytics Dir (Ravens)….The Capitals named MEGAN EICHENBERG Communications Coordinator (Capitals)….BBC London ’12 Olympics Dir ROGER MOSEY “has been appointed acting director of BBC Vision” (GUARDIAN, 8/6)….Woodbine Entertainment Group named Westerkirk Capital CEO JAMES LAWSON BOD Chair, replacing DAVID WILLMOT (WEG)….Burton Snowboards named ANNE-MARIE DACYSHYN VP/Marketing (Burton)....The AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins named ANDREW AUGUSTINE Group Sales Account Exec (THE DAILY)….KemperSports named Business Only Broadband CFO BRIAN MILLIGAN to the same position (KemperSports)….Miami Univ. (Ohio) promoted ANTHONY AZAMA to Assistant AD/Marketing, Sales & Licensing (Miami)….Claflin Univ. named JEROME FITCH AD (Claflin)….Hampton Univ. named NOVELLE DICKENSON AD, ALEXISS ROBINSON Assistant AD and Senior Woman Administrator and KRISTEN DRUMMOND Compliance Coordinator (Hampton)….Delaware State Univ. named interim Senior AD CANDY YOUNG AD (DSU)….Wheaton College named LISA YENUSH Associate AD (Wheaton).
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YAHOO SPORTS’ Getlin & Cole reported NFL agents DREW and JASON ROSENHAUS have “been accused of breach of contract and fraud in an arbitration filing” with the NFLPA by Rosenhaus Sports Representation VP DANNY MARTOE. If the accusations against the Rosenhauses prove true, the brothers “could be subject to NFLPA disciplinary action, including suspensions.” Martoe's attorney DAVID CORNWELL “accuses the Rosenhaus brothers and their attorney, brother-in-law ADAM SWICKLE, of offering inducements to multiple third parties to ‘obtain a false accusation’ against Martoe in an attempt to damage his position in the dispute” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/6).
CHARITY STRIPE: In Boston, Bella English notes Fenway Sports Group upon purchasing the Red Sox in '02, signed a contract with Massachusetts Attorney General TOM REILLY, promising “to raise $20 million for area charities over 10 years.” A Red Sox Foundation report released yesterday revealed that it has “donated more than twice that amount -- a total of $52 million to charitable programs in the past decade -- making the Red Sox by far the most charitable" MLB team. Sports Philanthropy Project Exec Dir GREG JOHNSON said, “It’s not just using cash but leveraging the vast amount of assets -- the ticket donations, ball park signage, corporate sponsors, the players, the professional staff -- in tackling problems.” By comparison, the New York Yankees Foundation -- which “had the second-highest charitable donations in the MLB -- gave $3.6 million in 2010” (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/7).
WIELDING HIS POWER: In Philadelphia, Jeff Blumenthal profiles Penn law professor STEPHEN BURBANK, who is “not much of a football fan.” But he is “arguably one of the most powerful figures” in the NFL. Burbank in '02 was appointed by a federal court judge to “serve as special master of the NFL.” Burbank said that he “could go months without hearing a case but when they come he must move quickly” (PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/3 issue).
NAMES: Heat G DWYANE WADE’s first book, “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball,” yesterday became available for preorder before it’s official Sept. 4 publication date by HarpersCollinsPublishers (MIAMI HERALD, 8/7)….Former tennis players MARTINA HINGIS and JIM COURIER yesterday were inducted into the Rogers Cup HOF (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/7)….Boston-based HomeStart, a group “dedicated to stamping out homelessness” in the city, has signed Red Sox C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA as a spokesperson (BOSTON HERALD, 8/7)….Pacers F DANNY GRANGER purchased the Hollywood Hills, Calif., home of screenwriter KEVIN WILLIAMSON for $3.715M (LATIMES.com, 8/6).