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MLS FC Dallas President & CEO DOUG QUINN on Saturday was arrested for "allegedly beating and suffocating" his wife, ELIZABETH, in a N.Y. hotel room, according to law enforcement sources cited by Jamie Schram of the N.Y. POST. Sources said that Quinn “choked her with both hands, and held a pillow over her face until she passed out.” He was arrested at 4:00pm ET on "charges of assault and strangulation, and his wife was treated by paramedics at the scene for injuries to her face, arm, legs and eye, which was swollen shut.” Doug Quinn was “released on $20,000 bail following his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.” He is “due back in court tomorrow.” Elizabeth Quinn said, "It was his 50th birthday party Friday night. We had a lovely night, and unfortunately things went wrong." She added that "they plan to stay together" (N.Y. POST, 11/14). NBCSPORTS.com's Steve Davis writes, "If the allegations prove true, it’s hard to see that top-level management changes aren’t ahead for FC Dallas, which is owned by Hunt Sports Group." HSG is an organization "that traces its roots to patriarch and domestic soccer pioneer LAMAR HUNT, a man of unimpeachable character." It is "hard to see HSG retaining Quinn, who was once a rising star in MLS circles, a man more or less hand-picked by league leaders to help FC Dallas sort out its front office, one that had lost its way in terms of sponsorship and customer service" (NBCSPORTS.com, 11/14). SB NATION's Drew Epperley writes, "Boy, this is a tough story to swallow here. We've stated on here before that this would be an off season of changes with FC Dallas but man this will be something entirely else" (SBNATION.com, 11/14).
Monumental Sports & Entertainment's GREG BIBB is leaving the company to join a start-up sports and event venture. Bibb was hired in October ‘05 as WNBA Mystics COO and was then named Wizards Exec VP/Business Operations in June ‘10. The TED LEONSIS-led Monumental owns the Wizards, Mystics, Capitals and Verizon Center. The company has not named a successor to Bibb, who will leave Monumental on Dec. 31. Bibb is partnering with FRED SCHAUFELD, a minority owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and the Nationals, in creating a yet-to-be named sports and event property ownership company. “It has been a long-term career aspiration of mine to own a part of something and this affords me that opportunity,” Bibb said. “I’m grateful for the opportunities Monumental has provided me.”
NBCUniversal formally named JIM BELL Exec Producer of its Olympic Games coverage. Bell will have editorial and creative control of the coverage and rejoins NBC’s Olympics unit on a full-time basis, led by NBC Olympics President GARY ZENKEL. Bell spent seven years on NBC’s “Today,” earning five Emmys. Prior to joining “Today” in ’05, Bell spent 16 years with NBC Sports & Olympics. He has worked on every NBC Olympic Games broadcast since ’92 (NBCU).
EXECS: USA Basketball Chair JERRY COLANGELO has been re-elected to the post for the ’13-16 term (USA Basketball)….Dunkin’ Brands Group Chief Global Strategy Officer NEIL MOSES is resigning after being promoted to that position in June. Moses joined the company in November ’10 and will leave effective March 15 (BOSTONHERALD.com, 11/13)….The Univ. of Maryland named Georgia State Univ. Senior Associate AD/Finance & Administration MARVIN LEWIS Associate AD/Business (Maryland)….The ECHL named ECHL South Carolina Stingrays Dir of Corporate Sales, Merchandise & Game Operations TODD MERTON Dir of Marketing & Licensing (ECHL)….The Indiana State Univ. Foundation named PHIL NESS Associate VP/Development & Athletics, starting in January (ISU).
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In Seattle, Eaton & McNerthney reported former NFLer JERRAMY STEVENS appeared in a Kirkland (Wash.) court yesterday “in a domestic violence case involving his fiancée,” U.S. women’s national soccer team G HOPE SOLO. Stevens was “arrested after police were called to an altercation in which Solo's older brother, MARCUS, used a ‘stun gun’ while allegedly fighting a group of males who were not invited to a party at the house.” According to an incident report, Hope Solo “refused to give a written statement or take a domestic violence brochure.” Police described her as “uncooperative and argumentative.” Stevens “has not been charged” (SEATTLEPI.com, 11/13).
FREQUENT FLIERS: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Maremont & McGinty examine the use of corporate jets by WNBA Dream co-Owners MARY BROCK and KELLY LOEFFLER under the header, "Lines Blur Over Wife’s Use Of CEO’s Jets.” In regards to Brock, whose husband, JOHN, is Coca-Cola Enterprises Chair & CEO, a review of “flight records found that on at least 15 dates over the past two years” when the Dream was playing “distant road games, CCE jets flew to the locations where the games were being played.” Mary Brock confirmed she has flown to Dream games aboard Coca-Cola jets, but said it was always with her husband, and "only if it fits in with what John's doing." Loeffler is married to IntercontinentalExchange Founder & CEO JEFFREY SPRECHER. ICE’s corporate jet “made two trips to cities on the same days” with Dream away games in those markets (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/14).
CHARITY STRIPE: Panthers QB CAM NEWTON yesterday gave $150,000 through the Cam Newton Foundation to three Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/14)….The WTA on Monday announced that it had donated $25,000 to USANA Health Sciences’ “Ace Out Hunger” program. All funds will go to the Children’s Hunger Fund (THE DAILY)….Bengals DT DOMATA PEKO and six teammates yesterday visited Woodland Elementary School in Liberty Township (Ohio) to "promote being active and good health." They also presented a check for $10,000 to "go towards the school’s mission to build a new playground” (WESTCHESTERBUZZ.com, 11/13)….Ravens LB JAMEEL MCCLAIN “made a deal with Wal-Mart where in exchange for a couple off-season appearances at the store, they'd provide the gear" for 300 needy kids (BALTIMORESUN.com, 11/13)….Former NFLer CARL BANKS “handed out new coats and jackets from a Daily News truck to residents of a Brooklyn housing project that has been without heat since” Hurricane Sandy struck (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/13)….Cowboys TE JASON WITTEN and QB TONY ROMO yesterday were among 12 players who “worked the food line and brought plates out to clients at the Salvation Army’s Collins Social Services Center in Dallas.” It is part of the “kickoff to the team’s annual Thanksgiving holiday drive for the charity” (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 11/13)….The Brewers and their charitable arm, the Brewers Community Foundation, raised more than $3.5M during the ’12 season (JSONLINE.com, 11/13)….The PGA Tour Travelers Championship has “set a record for the most money generated for its annual charities.” More than 100 charities benefited from the $1.2M raised by the event (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/14).
NAMES: EPL CEO RICHARD SCUDAMORE is "understood to be high on a list of potential candidates" to succeed F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE (London DAILY MAIL, 11/12)….Under Armour President, Chair & CEO KEVIN PLANK plans to sell up to 1.3 million shares of UA stock on his behalf and on behalf of his charitable foundation (STREETINSIDER.com, 11/13)…. D'Backs President & CEO DERRICK HALL last Saturday was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Univ. of Phoenix (D’Backs)….A celebration of legendary boxing trainer EMANUEL STEWARD at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple yesterday was attended by singer ARETHA FRANKLIN and boxers LENNOX LEWIS, TOMMY HEARNS, SUGAR RAY LEONARD, ROY JONES and EVANDER HOLYFIELD (MLIVE.com, 11/13)….Ole Miss AD ROSS BJORK will deliver a keynote address at Paciolan’s annual PACnet community conference on Feb. 11 at the Newport Beach (Calif.) Marriott Hotel & Spa (Paciolan)….Celtics G RAJON RONDO and F JARED SULLINGER joined Celtics Managing Partner WYC GROUSBECK at the unveiling of a “music clubhouse” at the Jordan Boys & Girls Club in Chelsea, Mass. (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/14)….TNT’s SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, along with musician NICK CANNON, will host Cartoon Network’s “Hall of Game” Awards in Feb (Turner)….Heat G RAY ALLEN is “living in a $50,000-a-month rental” in the Coral Gables, Fla., neighborhood of Tahiti Beach (GOSSIPEXTRA.com, 11/9)….Yankees 2B ROBINSON CANO yesterday became a U.S. citizen (USATODAY.com, 11/13)….Falcons TE TONY GONZALEZ on Nov. 19 is partnering with Disney XD to “launch a series of interstitials dubbed ‘Ninja Moves,’ to encourage kids to make fun, healthy choices in their lives” (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 11/12 issue)....Soccer legend PELE is in “good condition after undergoing surgery” on his hip (AP, 11/13).
IN MEMORY: Grizzlies Assistant GM KENNY WILLIAMSON passed away yesterday at the age of 65 "after a yearlong battle with cancer.” Williamson had “35 years of experience as a basketball coach, scout and executive on every level.” He was “in his sixth season with the Grizzlies.” Team GM CHRIS WALLACE said, “Anybody who has met him will never forget him” (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 11/14).