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Executive Transactions

The MLBPA promoted Chief Labor Counsel DAVE PROUTY to General Counsel, giving him the second largest role in the union behind Exec Dir MICHAEL WEINER. Weiner formerly held the General Counsel title himself. Sources said the shift is not tied to Weiner's ongoing battle against an inoperable brain tumor, and Weiner remains in the Exec Dir role. Prouty, 54, has been with the MLBPA since '08 and previously was with Unite Here, an int'l union representing clothing, textile, laundry, hotel and restaurant workers. Prouty is just the fourth individual to hold the MLBPA General Cousel role, following Weiner, DON FEHR and RICHARD MOSS (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).

EXECS: Kansas State Univ. Senior Associate AD & COO REID SIGMON was appointed CFO of the yet-to-be named organization that will oversee the college football playoff and national championship game. Sigmon joins BCS Exec Dir BILL HANCOCK and COO MICHAEL KELLY at the group's new HQs (, 2/5)....TaylorMade-adidas Golf promoted Managing Dir for Europe BEN SHARPE to Exec VP/adidas Golf & Ashworth (TaylorMade-adidas)....Glory Sports Int'l named former WWE Exec VP ANDREW WHITAKER Global CEO (Glory)....NBC Sports Group named indoorDirect President of Entertainment, Sales & Marketing STEVEN JUSTMAN NBC Sports Ventures VP/Sales (NBC Sports)....Premier Partnerships named Staples Center Premium Sales Account Exec CHRISTINA SHAFFER Corporate Partnerships Dir. Premier also promoted Marketing Services Manager ERIN PROBER to Marketing Services Dir and Marketing Services Assistant KAITLYN BEALE to Marketing Services Coordinator (THE DAILY)....MiLB promoted Team Relations & Sponsorship Development Manager MARY MARANDI to Senior Manager of Corporate Communications. MiLB also named GABE RENDON Sales & Account Coordinator (MiLB).

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