SBD/June 12, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

The Big Ten confirmed that Commissioner JIM DELANY received a contract extension in '11 that "takes him through June 30, 2018." The conference's Council of Presidents & Chancellors "approved the extension, but the conference never made a public announcement." Delany's extension means he will "guide the league through its next television contract negotiation." The Big Ten's current media agreements expire after the '16-17 athletics season, and the new TV deal could be Delany's "final major project as commissioner" (ESPN.com, 6/11). 

EXECS: The Univ. of Pittsburgh signed AD STEVE PEDERSON to a five-year contract extension through '18. Pederson has served in the role since '07 (POST-GAZETTE.com, 6/11)....The College Football Playoff named Orange Bowl Committee Events & Team Operations Dir LAILA BROCK Team Operations & Logistics Dir, ACC Football Operations & Event Management Dir ALLISON DOUGHTY Events & Hospitality Services Dir, and Univ. of Kansas Alumni Association Reunions, Affinity Programs & Academic Societies Dir NIKKI EPLEY Stadium & Game Operations Dir (CFP)....The Univ. of Kentucky named NCAA Managing Dir of Enforcement/Development & Investigations RACHEL NEWMAN BAKER Senior Associate AD/Compliance. Her departure is "yet another serious blow to the NCAA's reeling enforcement group" (ESPN.com, 6/11)....Bowling Green State Univ. named N.C. State Univ. Exec Senior Associate AD D. CHRISTOPHER KINGSTON AD (BGSU)....Southeastern Louisiana Univ. AD BART BELLAIRS has resigned (SLU)....Western Kentucky Univ. named THOMAS HARRIS Athletic Marketing Assistant Dir (WKU)....The Univ. of Denver named Associate AD/Student Support Services, Community Relations & Diversity CINDI NAGAI Senior Woman Administrator (Denver)....WWE promoted National Sales Dir BRIAN MADDOX to VP/Global Digital Sales. He will report to Global Head/Sales & Partnerships MICHAEL PINE. Maddox previously was MSG Media Digital Ad Sales Dir for MSG Interactive and Fuse (WWE)....Former USGA Exec Dir DAVID FAY will assist the Rhode Island-based Button Hole Short Course & Teaching Center BOD as a special adviser (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 6/12).

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