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SBD/February 11, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Published February 11, 2013
HURRICANE COMING: The Univ. of Miami named BLAKE JAMES AD after he had been serving in the role on an interim basis since Oct. 4, when former AD SHAWN EICHORST left for the same position at the Univ. of Nebraska. James becomes UM’s third AD since PAUL DEE stepped down in ’08. James said that “his yet-to-be-signed deal was for five years at an undisclosed salary” (MIAMI HERALD, 2/9). The AP’s Tim Reynolds wrote it is a “critical time for Miami's athletic department, especially the administration, where virtually everyone in the employee directory has been a relatively new hire or has assumed a new role in the past couple years” (AP, 2/8).
BACK TO SCHOOL: In this week’s SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, John Ourand reports JUSTIN CONNOLLY “will oversee the Longhorn Network and the soon-to-be-announced SEC Network” as ESPN Senior VP/College Networks. In the newly created position, Connolly will report to Senior VP/College Sports Programming BURKE MAGNUS, and “will remain based in Bristol, Conn.” Connolly’s duties “will expand well beyond distribution.” He will “oversee content acquisition and scheduling at the networks.” Connolly, who was a member of SBJ/SBD’s Forty Under 40 class of ’11, has been at ESPN since ’03 (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 2/11 issue).
EXECS: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment promoted ANTON WIMMER to MLS Toronto FC Dir of Ticket Sales & Service and MIKE COSENTINO to AHL Toronto Marlies Senior Dir of Business Operations (MLSE)....The PBR named DENISE ABBOTT Senior Dir of PR (THE DAILY).
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