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  • David Cornwell Becoming The Attorney Athletes Turn To When They Are In Trouble

    Atlanta attorney and NFL Coaches Association Exec Dir DAVID CORNWELL is profiled by Bill Rankin of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION under the header, "Go-To Lawyer For Athletes In Trouble." When "big-time athletes get into trouble off the field, they often turn to David Cornwell, who ... has built a national practice as the go-to lawyer for superstars in the soup." Cornwell said of representing Yankees 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ in the appeal of his 211-game suspension, "No doubt it’s cool to see our case in the news and everything. But that means both our successes and failures are headline news." Cornwall shortly after opening a law office in Orange County, Calif., "began representing athletes facing disciplinary action for violating substance abuse or steroid policies." His success led the NFLPA to "ask him to represent even more players." He then "moved to Atlanta and opened his own sports law firm" in '05 (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 8/10).

    TAKING THE RIGHT APPROACH: St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell said he likes the "intelligent way" MLB and Commissioner BUD SELIG are handling the Rodriguez suspension, "because you know Bud had to be talked off throwing the hammer down." Burwell: "I think that his attorneys said, ‘Look, let's build a perfect case, we do not want this overturned, so let’s do it the right way,’ and I think they’ve done it the right way.” N.Y. Daily News columnist Mike Lupica said MLB and the Yankees have "played this by the book." MLB “did not try to keep him off the field” and Selig “didn’t exercise his 'best interests of the game' clause.” Lupica: “The idea that there is some right-wing conspiracy to get Alex Rodriguez, he’s got to show me that. He has got to show me some proof of that" (“The Sports Reporters, ESPN, 8/11).

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  • Executive Transactions

    Richard Childress Racing named Furniture Row Racing Exec Dir of Competition MARK MCARDLE Dir of Racing Operations (RCR)....The Blues promoted CHRIS PINKERT to Dir of Digital Media, ANDREW ABRAMS to Video Production Manager, and ALEX JONES to Mascot Coordinator (THE DAILY)....Clemson Univ. named Mississippi State Univ. Assistant AD/Media Relations JOE GALBRAITH Assistant AD/Communications (Clemson)....UMass named NBA D-League Maine Red Claws VP/Public & Community Relations JANA SPAULDING Assistant AD/Communications & Media Relations (UMass)....Ohio Univ. named TANNER SMITH Assistant AD/Multimedia Marketing (Ohio)....The CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers are "cleaning house in the front office," and have fired GM JOE MACK and President & CEO GARTH BUCHKO. Former CFLer WADE MILLER will replace Buchko, but it "wasn't immediately clear who would take on the GM duties" (CP, 8/9)....NYRA President & CEO CHRIS KAY has been elected to the NTRA BOD (NTRA).

    Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to: editorial@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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  • Names In The News

    The AP's Antonio Gonzalez wrote Stanford AD BERNARD MUIR's biggest goals heading into his second full year on the job are "upgrading facilities for as many sports as possible and building the Stanford brand." The football staff "outgrew its offices and is moving into a new building -- complete with a weight room and locker room -- in a few weeks" as part of a $21M project that began in '11. Additionally, more projects will "surely be needed in the coming years for Stanford to compete in the arms race of college athletics." As with "most in power at the prestigious private university, Muir prefers not to talk about specific plans publicly." But a renovation of Maples Pavilion and the game-day facilities for the football team "figure to be among the most notable upgrades needed" (AP, 8/9).

    IF I COULD BE LIKE MIKE: D-Backs P and MLBPA player rep BRAD ZIEGLER penned a special to ESPN.com, writing under the header, "MICHAEL WEINER A True Class Act." Ziegler: "It's an absolute pleasure to work alongside you, Michael. And it's an even greater pleasure to call you my friend" (ESPN.com, 8/11).

    BOYS IN THE HALL: Former NFLer FRED TAYLOR was inducted into the Florida Sports HOF on Saturday, alongside BRIAN GOTTFRIED, MARK MCCUMBER, CORKY ROGERS, LEEROY YARBROUGH, BROOKE BENNETT and PETE CLEMONS (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 8/11)....The Nevada Boxing HOF inducted its inaugural class on Saturday night, with the 19 members including boxers MIKE TYSON, SUGAR RAY LEONARD, OSCAR DE LA HOYA, LARRY HOLMES, MIKE MCCALLUM and DIEGO CORRALES (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 8/10).

    NAMES: Jazz GM DENNIS LINDSEY was ranked No. 1 in the Salt Lake Tribune’s annual list of the 25 Most Influential People in Utah Sports. Lindsey is the “first pro sports figure below the ownership level to receive the No. 1 ranking in the nine years” of the list, but it was “trending in that direction” (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/11)....Lightning CEO & Minority Owner TOD LEIWEKE and his wife TARA will again serve as honorary Chairs for this year’s fifth annual FARA Energy Ball on Sept. 5 in Tampa. The event promotes research and raises awareness for the neuromuscular disease Friedreich’s Ataxia (Lightning)....NBC's AL MICHAELS “agreed to plead no contest to reckless driving” following a misdemeanor DUI charge on April 19. He was “sentenced to 80 hours of community service and placed on probation” (SI.com, 8/11)....Tennis HOFer ANDRE AGASSI and the other owner of his Las Vegas restaurant Sedona Lounge, which features slot machines, have "agreed to pay a $15,000 fine for violating state gaming regulations” (LASVEGASSUN.com, 8/9)....Fox NFL analyst MICHAEL STRAHAN and his fiancée, NICOLE MURPHY, have sold their Bel-Air home for $11M in an all-cash deal, after purchasing it last year for $7.8M (L.A. TIMES, 8/10)....Blackhawks C JONATHAN TOEWS sold his three-bedroom, 32nd-floor condo in Lakeshore East for $1.63M, after purchasing the unit in ’08 for $1.475M (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/10).

    IN MEMORY: Arizona Republic Coyotes beat reporter JIM GINTONIO passed away last night following a battle with cancer (Mult., 8/12).

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