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  • USSA Names Tiger Shaw President & CEO, Replacing Retiring Bill Marolt

    Shaw will join USSA as COO in October will take over for Marolt after Sochi Games

    The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association today named TIGER SHAW its next President & CEO. Shaw will replace BILL MAROLT, who is retiring after the '14 Sochi Games following 18 years in the job. Shaw, a Dartmouth graduate, skied in the '84 and '88 Olympics for Team USA. He is a trustee of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation and a Senior Dir at Global Rescue LLC, a company that specializes in int'l medical evacuations. Shaw was tapped for the job following a six-month search by the USSA BOD. Korn/Ferry Int'l Vice Chair JED HUGHES led the search. Marolt announced his retirement late last year. He will continue to serve as Int'l Ski Federation VP and remain a member of the USOC BOD. He coached Shaw on the ‘84 Olympic team. In a statement, Marolt said, “Tiger is an outstanding addition to USSA staff leadership as we prepare for Sochi and beyond. He brings an exceptional combination of leadership skills, knowledge and experience gained as an Olympian, USSA club coach, athlete parent and successful entrepreneur and business executive.” Shaw will join the USSA as its COO on Oct. 1. He currently lives in Vermont and will relocate with his wife and family to Park City, Utah, where USSA has its HQs.

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  • Minding My Business: Tennis Channel Senior VP/Production & Exec Producer Bob Whyley

    Whyley (c) said tennis' 10-12 hour days make it different from other TV sports

    Tennis Channel Senior VP/Production & Exec Producer BOB WHYLEY was introduced to sports TV in the late '90s, starting at Fox Sports Net before joining Tennis Channel in '03 for its launch. "The opportunity to build something from the ground up, and create something completely different and have your hands in a lot of different aspects was extremely intriguing to me," Whyley recalled. "I learned a lot over the eleven years of how to do fairly big productions without fairly big budgets." Whyley spoke with THE DAILY about the unique cooperation among tennis TV partners, which current players have a bright future in the business, and how he unwinds in the California mountains. 

    Collaborating with the competition...
    What’s really intriguing about our sport and the grand slams is our ability to work together as networks. In Australia, Tennis Channel works together with ESPN, and they’re responsible for facilities and the below-the-line personnel; we travel in above-the-line people and talent. We work within the core of the ESPN infrastructure, side by side as partners. The next couple months in May for the French Open, Tennis Channel is the facility provider.  We hire all of the equipment and the engineers and all the below-the-line personnel, we build out the infrastructure, ESPN brings their talent and their above-the-line, NBC brings their talent. We have three networks working in the same facility. 

    From the court to the booth...
    I have my eye on SLOANE STEPHENS. Sloane is a 20-year-old American, she has such a dynamic personality that she would be fantastic. Someone we just used as a commentator this year just to get his feet wet is JAMES BLAKE. James is extremely articulate, an excellent player, a good-looking guy, and he does a really good job.

    Looking for in a hire...
    Live TV requires a certain personality type, somebody who’s much more nimble, somebody who’s comfortable with change, and organized and has the right leadership qualities. Tennis is a different world than the NBA or an NFL game. We typically are on the air from 10-12 hours a day. They have to be somebody that is willing to work the long days, somebody who takes personal initiative, and doesn't need to be micromanaged.

    Daily media diet...
    I am a big sports radio guy. In L.A., you're in your car an hour each way, so I ingest a lot of information about the industry that way. I'm also on Twitter every day, I follow over a hundred different journalists, players in my sport, players in other sports. I always make sure to read JON WERTHEIM because he’s a part of the team, but I love CHRISTOPHER CLAREY, NEIL HARMAN, he’s really good.

    Business lunch in Santa Monica...
    When we’re doing real business we go to Vito, an old Italian place right across the street from our offices. You get the sanddabs, they’re these little fish that are on their daily offering.

    For relaxation...
    I have a 12-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, so if I’m not on the road I do stuff with them. They’re really into soccer and tennis, so we do sports together. My big release is biking. I live in the foothills of the mountains, so every day I get on my bike and hit the road.

    Music to my ears...
    I’m all over the place. I grew up with a father who was a recording engineer, an A1, so music has always been a part of my life. I love music from the seventies, from LED ZEPPELIN to PAUL SIMON. I love classical music, musicals, I love country music. Got to see the movie "SOUND CITY," if you haven’t seen it, it’s phenomenal.

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  • Executive Transactions

    Fox Sports promoted Senior VP & Head of Marketing ROBERT GOTTLIEB to Exec VP/Marketing (Fox)....The Steelers named Bears Dir of Partnership Marketing RYAN HUZJAK Dir of Corporate Partnerships & Sales. Steelers Dir of Media & Marketing TONY QUATRINI previously handled the club's sponsorship sales (Daniel Kaplan, Staff Writer)....The Collegiate Licensing Co. named former Georgia Tech SID MARCUS DITTMER Apparel Management Manger (THE DAILY)....Twitter hired former Ticketmaster CEO NATHAN HUBBARD to "spearhead an ambitious push into online commerce" (L.A. TIMES, 8/28)....Prodigy Sports named ECHL Idaho Steelheads VP/Business Development CHAD COLLINS Dir of Recruiting and promoted KEVIN CARMICHAEL to Manager of Client Services (Prodigy)....Headphone manufacturer Skullcandy named Nike VP & GM of Women's Training and Fitness HEIDI O'NEILL to its BOD (Skullcandy)....Golf hat company Imperial Headwear named Paramount Apparel's DAVID SHAFFER Dir of Marketing (Imperial).

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

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  • Names In The News

    Cubs Chair TOM RICKETTS and President of Business Operations CRANE KENNEY last night "toured the lower level of Dodger Stadium to examine the renovations that were made this winter in anticipation of reconstruction plans at Wrigley Field" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/28).

    HEAD HUNTING: Dreamworks Animation CEO JEFFREY KATZENBERG is "on a search for an executive who will eventually replace" President & CFO LEWIS COLEMAN, and he has NBCUniversal Int'l Chair JEFF SHELL "on his list." Shell yesterday "declined to say if he and DWA were in talks but said of the rumour that he was on Katzenberg's short list: 'It's not a bad list to be on. I love Dreamworks and Jeffrey, but I'm happy at NBCUniversal" (N.Y. POST, 8/28).

    Sudeikis (l) and Wilde take in the first day of
    action at the U.S. Open
    STAR SEARCH: Actress OLIVIA WILDE and her boyfriend, actor JASON SUDEIKIS, "turned out on the first day of action" Monday at the U.S. Open. Actors KEVIN SPACEY and CUBA GOODING JR. also were "on hand" as guests of sponsor Moet & Chandon. Other notable sightings included figure skater JOHNNY WEIR and singer LENNY KRAVITZ (N.Y. POST, 8/28)....Tennis HOFer JIMMY CONNORS on Monday "celebrated his 61st birthday and his memoir 'THE OUTSIDER' at the home of Blackstone CEO STEVE SCHWARZMAN and wife CHRISTINE." Connors "was feted" by former New Era CEO DAVID KOCH and businessman PETER BRANT (N.Y. POST, 8/28).

    AWARDS & HONORS: Tigers President & GM DAVE DOMBROWSKI will be honored in October at children's charity CATCH's annual Night Of Champions dinner (Tigers)....Dolphins Senior VP/Special Advisor NAT MOORE has been named the recipient of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club's '13 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award (MIAMIHERALD.com, 8/26)....GEORGE FOREMAN yesterday was presented with The American Legion's James V. Day "Good Guy" Award at the organization's 95th annual convention (American Legion).

    NAMES: Rolling Stone magazine has released "a detailed story” on the life of former Patriots TE AARON HERNANDEZ. The story “chronicles his time as a Florida Gator and several incidents the magazines claims” former UF coach and current Ohio State coach URBAN MEYER “might have covered up” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/28)....Red Wings RW DANIEL ALFREDSSON listed his home in Ottawa for sale. The house was appraised at C$837,500 after he bought the property in '04 for C$800,000 (OTTAWACITIZEN.com, 8/25)....espnW VP/Content Program & Inspiration CAROL STIFF was in Columbus last night for a viewing of the “Nine for IX” documentary “BRANDED” (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 8/28)….Basketball HOFer SCOTTIE PIPPEN “won’t face criminal charges for a fight with a man who authorities say was drunk when he demanded an autograph and photo” with Pippen, then “faked seizures after claiming Pippen punched him in the face” (AP, 8/27)....The PGA Tour Valero Texas Open recently distributed $1.6M to “more than 130 local charities and schools.” An additional $164,000 was distributed to the various charities and schools “from incentive dollars funded” by the event (MYSANANTONIO.com, 8/27)....The American Documentary Film Festival will screen “THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI” on Sept. 12 (ADFF).

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