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There is another major change inside the Suns’ front office with the resignation of Senior VP JAY PARRY, who left the organization on Aug. 10 to pursue other opportunities. Parry worked for the Suns and the WNBA Phoenix Mercury for the past eight years. Her most recent position was Suns Senior VP/Brand & Business Development. Her position will not be replaced. Instead, her duties will be absorbed into other departments, team officials said. Parry’s resignation comes shortly after former Suns President BRAD CASPER resigned on July 26. Casper was replaced by JASON ROWLEY.
Apparel company Respect Your Universe (RYU) named The Sports Authority President, Chair & CEO DAVID CAMPISI Chair & CEO. Campisi during his tenure with The Sports Authority negotiated the long-term deal to acquire the naming rights for the Bronco’s stadium. He replaces CEO CHRISTOPHER MARTENS, who resigned yesterday (RYU). In Portland, Allan Brettman writes Campisi’s appointment “comes at a crucial period of growth for RYU.” Campisi said that RYU's “management, which has 10 employees in an office near the foot of Mississippi Avenue, would stay in Portland.” He said the company “is trying to build the wholesale side.” Campisi: “Candidly, that wasn't happening as quickly as the board wanted." RYU apparel and accessories currently are “available primarily through the company's online store, launched last August, as well as a small number of retailers.” The company “plans to expand distribution through high-end retailers -- Campisi named Nordstrom as a possibility -- as well as mixed-martial arts, sporting goods, menswear and sneaker boutiques and select department stores” (Portland OREGONIAN, 8/14).
The GUARDIAN’s Owen Gibson reports a day after celebrating Team Great Britain's “best medal haul in over a century,” British Olympic Association Chair COLIN MOYNIHAN “revealed plans to step down more than a year early." Moynihan, who has “been in the job for seven years, is the first senior sports administrator to exit in what is likely to be a period of upheaval amid uncertainty as to the future shape of the post-Games landscape.” Moynihan's term “had not been due to end until November 2013.” Moynihan said that he "was ‘passing on the baton’ to his successor early in order to give him or her time to prepare for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games and participate in the debate over the BOA's future role” (GUARDIAN, 8/14).
EXECS: The WNBA Chicago Sky named AHL Chicago Wolves Business Development Dir JULIE SEYLLER VP/Ticket Sales, Service & Marketing (Sky)….The Univ. of Texas-El Paso promoted DANIEL VEALE to Marketing & Promotions Dir, and named CHRIS PARK Associate AD for Development & External Operations and JULIE LEVESQUE Senior Associatie AD and Senior Woman Administrator (UTEP)….Western Oregon Univ. AD DANIEL HARE resigned from his position (WOU)….Bridgewater State Univ. named MARYBETH LAMB AD (ENTERPRISENEWS.com, 8/14).
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NFL Cardinals WR LARRY FITZGERALD has been named the recipient of the 14th annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award by Pro Football Weekly. The award is presented to an NFL player whose contributions to the community and charitable organizations are especially outstanding (Pro Football Weekly).
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Former QB JOEY HARRINGTON and Nike Founder & Chair PHIL KNIGHT are among those who will be inducted into the Univ. of Oregon Athletics HOF on Sept. 22. Knight will be honored as an individual who has made "extraordinary contributions toward the success" of UO athletics (OREGONLIVE.com, 8/13).
L.A. STORY: Basketball HOFer PHIL JACKSON’s book, “Eleven Rings” is set for release in April. Jackson’s longtime companion and Lakers Exec VP JEANIE BUSS said, “I haven’t read any part of the book. I have no idea what will be interesting or not. But he never fails to get everyone to think about different subjects” (LATIMES.com, 8/13).
NAMES: Fitness guru JAKE STEINFELD has optioned his new book, “Take A Shot: A Remarkable Story of Perseverance, Friendship and a Really Crazy Adventure” for a TV series. The book, written with DAVE MORROW, tells the true story of how Steinfeld, Morrow and TIM ROBERTSON created Major League Lacrosse (N.Y. POST, 8/14).…Penguins LW MATT COOKE, C JOE VITALE and Hurricanes C JORDAN STAAL today will embark on a humanitarian mission to Haiti (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 8/11).…The Redskins are selling an 80th anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon from Northern California called “Redskins Reserve.” It will be available at select retailers this fall (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 8/13).…Yankees 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ has placed his Miami Beach home for sale. The asking price is $38M (GOSSIPEXTRA.com, 8/13)….Knicks G JASON KIDD “spent more than $4 million on his new apartment at The Aldyn, Extell Development’s waterfront condominium” (N.Y. POST, 8/14).
IN MEMORY: Soccer promoter GORDON PRESTON died Saturday at the age of 85. Preston “pioneered the concept of indoor soccer in the early 1970s.” He also was a “general partner and director of operations of the North American Soccer League Detroit Express” (DETROIT NEWS, 8/13).