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SBD/February 20, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Published February 20, 2014
EXECS: DirecTV Sports Networks named Disney Senior VP/National Accounts STEVE RAYMOND VP/Affiliate Relations. Raymond will report to DirecTV Sports Networks President PATRICK CRUMB. Raymond spent more than two decades at Disney, and in his last role oversaw all distribution activities for the company and ESPN Networks throughout the western region, including retransmission consent (DirecTV)....Telemundo Media promoted VP/Sports ELI VELAZQUEZ to Senior VP/Sports (Telemundo)....The Braves signed GM FRANK WREN to a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed (MLB.com, 2/19)....ESPN's Adam Schefter reported former Rams GM BILLY DEVANEY is joining the Falcons' player personnel department as a regional scout (TWITTER.com, 2/19). Devaney was part of ESPN's "NFL Insiders" show last season (THE DAILY)....Wisconsin Gov. SCOTT WALKER named ManpowerGroup Chair & CEO JEFF JOERRES to the Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment BOD. Chair MARC MAROTTA "will continue to serve after his recent nomination by the Bradley Family Foundation to fill one of three foundation nominations to the board" (JSONLINE.com, 2/19)....Foot Locker named J.M. Smucker President of Int'l, Foodservice & Natural Foods STEVEN OAKLAND to its BOD (Foot Locker)....Long Beach State Univ. named New Mexico State Univ. Associate AD/Development WAYNE STICKNEY Senior Associate AD/Major Gifts & Revenue Acquisition, effective March 10 (NMSU)....The Univ. of Nebraska added the role of Sports Administrator for Football to Senior Associate AD/Performance & Strategic Research STEVE WATERFIELD (JOURNALSTAR.com, 2/19).
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