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Fox Sports Digital named Yardbarker co-Founder & CEO PETE VLASTELICA Senior VP/Digital. Vlastelica replaces JEFF HUSVAR, who had been Fox Sports Digital Exec VP & GM since December '09, and will now shift to a new role within Fox Sports working on special projects and business development aiding network co-Presidents & co-COOs ERIC SHANKS and RANDY FREER. Fox Sports purchased Yardbarker in October '10, a deal overseen by Husvar. Since then, Vlastelica has assumed a broader role within Fox Sports' digital operations as Senior VP/Product Strategy. Vlastelica will now report directly to Shanks and Freer, and have oversight for FoxSports.com, Fox Sports Next, Fox Sports Local, Yardbarker and WhatIfSports.com. He also will have a parallel role to Fox Sports Senior VP/Mobile & Advanced Platforms CLARK PIERCE, with work in collaboration with Pierce. The leadership shift is one of additional planned changes for FoxSports.com over the coming year (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).
BOSTON TEAM PARTY: The Red Sox named Phillies Baseball Communications Manager KEVIN GREGG Media Relations Dir, replacing PAM KENN, who was promoted to Senior Public Affairs Dir (Red Sox)....NESN named former NBC Sports Network Coordinating Producer MIKE BAKER Remote Coordinating Producer for Red Sox telecasts (NESN).
CAMPUS CONNECTION: Old Dominion Univ. named B.J. BURTON Dir of Olympic Sports Marketing & Baseball Operations (ODU)….UNC-Wilmington named Development Dir ADAM KEEN Associate AD/Major Gifts (UNCW)....Arkansas State Univ. named Mercer Univ. Assistant AD/Compliance JOEL WEEMS Associate AD/Compliance (ASU).
EXECS: WWE named MONTY SARHAN General Counsel & Senior VP. Sarhan replaces MICHAEL LUISI, who was promoted to WWE Studios President. Sarhan will report to Chair & CEO VINCE MCMAHON (WWE)....Billy Casper Golf appointed KYLE RAGSDALE to the newly-created CMO position. Ragsdale previously was Vox Media VP/Business Affairs & Finance (Billy Casper Golf).
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