SBD/January 10, 2013/People and Pop Culture

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  • Executive Transactions

    Disney promoted Disney Sports Enterprises Senior VP KEN POTROCK to Disney Vacation Club and Adventure by Disney Senior VP & GM. Disney Cruise Line Senior VP/Operations TOM WOLBER will succeed Potrock at Disney Sports Enterprises, which includes the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the company's runDisney marathon program (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/10).

    EXECS: Sports USA Media Networks named BOB MOORE President (THE DAILY)....St. Mary's Univ. named Univ. of Texas-San Antonio Deputy AD LIZ DALTON AD (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 1/10)....Bradley Univ. promoted HEIDI WEGMUELLER to Associate AD/External Affairs and BETH DEAN to Dir of Ticketing & Apparel (Bradley Univ.)....Jacksonville Univ. named Kent State Univ. Athletic Communications Dir TODD VATTER Dir of Athletic Media Relations (Jacksonville Univ.).

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  • Names In The News

    MLBAM sent a dozen staffers to the Int'l CES in Las Vegas this week and has conducted more than 50 high-level business meetings with various entities there. MLBAM President & CEO BOB BOWMAN said, "It's easily the busiest we've ever been out there. Interestingly, a lot of the meetings have been around technology, back-end infrastructure, as opposed to directly consumer-facing electronics" (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

    HELPING HAND
    : Clippers G CHRIS PAUL “knew he had to act quickly” in response to a Twitter campaign in support of RYAN WOOD, a sophomore at Paul’s North Carolina high school with cancer who was “told by doctors last week that he only had three or four weeks to live.” Wood and his family were “involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with their hope being a trip to Key West, Florida.” When Paul found out about the wish, he "'adopted' the Wood family and through his foundation he will cover the cost for the vacation” (THEPOSTGAME.com, 1/8).

    TV GUIDE: “60 Minutes Sports” premiered last night on Showtime and included an opening segment by CBS' SCOTT PELLEY on the LANCE ARMSTRONG doping scandal. BOB SIMON also did a segment on the life of La Liga club FC Barcelona F LIONEL MESSI, while LARA LOGAN did a segment on free climber ALEX HONNOLD ("60 Minutes Sports," Showtime, 1/9)....The new reality competition show “The Job” will debut tomorrow, with episodes this season featuring MLS and Live Nation (CBS)

    NAMES
    : CBS' GREG ANTHONY will join Gold Medal-winning U.S. gymnast ALY RAISMAN, Yankees P CC SABATHIA, Mets 1B IKE DAVIS and Giants DT CHRIS CANTY as this year’s recipients of the 33rd annual Thurman Munson Awards on Feb. 5 at the Grand Hyatt in N.Y. (THE DAILY)....Jets QB TIM TEBOW restored his old college car with NASCAR team owner RICHARD PETTY. The restored car will “likely be unveiled at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks and shown at various Tebow foundation events before being auctioned off at the end of the year” (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 1/9)….Penguins CEO DAVID MOREHOUSE and his wife VANESSA on Monday welcomed their fourth child, daughter KENNEDY RILEY (TRIBLIVE.com, 1/9)….Bears WR DEVIN HESTER sold one of his three Chicago-area residences, a five-bedroom, 3,100-square-foot home in Gurnee for $322,500. He bought the home in ’06 for $436,000 (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 1/9).

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  • Nominations Now Being Accepted For 6th Annual Sports Business Awards

    Have you weighed in on the SPORTS BUSINESS AWARDS yet? Only 2 days remain and we still want to hear from you. Submit your entry today. The deadline is tomorrow. We’re honoring the best in 15 categories, including:

    *Sports Executive
    *Athletic Director

    To see the full list of categories and submit an entry, go to www.sports-business-awards.com.

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