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Alli Sports President & CEO WADE MARTIN, “who spent the last decade leading the Dew Tour, is leaving NBC Sports,” according to Tripp Mickle of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Martin is “taking a job with Powdr Corp.” He will be CEO of a new division known as Powdr Enterprises “that will be focused on building an event, sponsorship and media business around the company’s nine mountain resorts, Woodward Camps and Outside Television network.” NBC Sports Regional Sports Group Exec VP & Chief Digital Officer ERIC GRILLY is “expected to succeed Martin.” Sources said that an announcement is “forthcoming.” Martin will “stay with the company for three to five months to assist in the transition.” The 42-year-old Martin “has been one of the most influential figures in action sports events and entertainment over the last decade.” Powdr and NBC Sports also “agreed to a three-year strategic partnership that could see events Martin creates air on NBC networks” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/14 issue).
The Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena promoted President LEN KOMOROSKI to CEO. Komoroski joined the company in ’03. Additionally, Exec VP & COO KERRY BUBOLZ was promoted to President of Business Operations (Cavaliers).
EXECS: In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, Terry Lefton reports IMG Senior VP/U.S. Business Development LAWTON LOGAN has been “reassigned” within the company. Sources said that Logan “has been offered another executive position at IMG,” but has “not yet decided” on staying or not (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/14 issue)....Also in this week's SBJ, John Ourand reports Tennis Channel named veteran ad exec LARRY NOVENSTERN VP/Integrated Partnerships. Novenstern will be based in N.Y. and report to Senior VP/Advertising GARY HERMAN. He started his new position Dec. 10 (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/14 issue)....The newly created independent Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs named former MLBer MIKE MARSHALL Commissioner (PAPBC)….IndyCar teams Panther Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing named Andretti Autosport Race Engineer TINO BELLI Technical Dir of the teams’ collaborative effort for drivers ORIOL SERVIA and JR HILDEBRAND (Panther Racing)….Duke Univ. promoted Exec Dir of Development JOE MANHERTZ to Assistant AD/Iron Dukes Major Gifts (Duke).
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Former Dodgers Owner FRANK MCCOURT is being sued by his ex-wife JAMIE for $770M after she claimed he "misrepresented the value" of the team in their divorce settlement. Jamie McCourt claims she settled for $131M because Frank McCourt "lied about the value of his assets, above all, the value of the Dodgers." She said that she "deserves at least" $900M. She said in her complaint that six of her seven causes of action "are protective in nature," meant to beat the time limit to challenge their divorce agreement. Their divorce was "completed on Jan. 19, 2012." She "wants that settlement agreement set aside" (COURTHOUSENEWS.com, 1/11).
AROUND THE HORN: Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER was recognized Saturday with the "Dave Winfield Humanitarian" award at the "In the Spirit of the Game" banquet. Werner was presented the award by its namesake, Baseball HOFer DAVE WINFIELD (THE DAILY)....Dodgers announcer VIN SCULLY was the “undisputed star on Saturday night at the Professional Baseball Scout Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner.” There were “1,000-plus people” in attendance to watch Scully receive a leadership award (LATIMES.com, 1/13).
CHARITY STRIPE: Cubs broadcaster LEN KASPER was among those joining Cubs President of Baseball Operations THEO EPSTEIN and MLB Network's PETER GAMMONS at the annual Hot Stove Cool Music concert and auction at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Saturday night. The event raised about $200,000 for "children and families in need" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/14)....Heat F LEBRON JAMES was the "guest speaker" at a charity event Friday hosted by Sacramento Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON. The event raised money for Johnson's St. HOPE charity (MIAMI HERALD, 1/14).
NAMES: VANESSA BRYANT, wife of Lakers G KOBE BRYANT, posted on her Instagram account Friday that the couple has "reconciled" and that their "divorce action will be dismissed." She wrote, "We are looking forward to our future together" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 1/12)....Knicks F CARMELO ANTHONY yesterday "denied his marriage was on the rocks, and that he was estranged from his wife LA LA." Anthony was at Cipriani Club 55 in N.Y. to "launch his new Jordan MELO M9 sneaker" (N.Y. POST, 1/14)....Senator JOHN KERRY (D-Mass.) attended yesterday’s Patriots-Texans game with Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/14)….The Patriots honored members of the Newtown, Conn., police department during the game yesterday (AP, 1/13)….Sources said that singer BEYONCE will be “joined onstage by her Destiny’s Child bandmates KELLY ROWLAND and MICHELLE WILLIAMS” during her Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance (USMAGAZINE.com, 1/10).
IN MEMORY: Former Penguins investor THAYER POTTER died Friday of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Potter also served as team President, "but by 1975 the organization was in bankruptcy and ultimately the group of investors was out” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/13).