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  • Executive Transactions

    Serie A club AS Roma has hired SEAN BARROR as the team’s new Chief Commercial Officer. Barror, a longtime industry executive who previously worked as Chief Revenue Officer for Raptor Sports Properties, will be responsible for the team’s business operations. Barror will report directly to team CEO ITALO ZANZI. AS Roma investor and President JAMES PALLOTTA also is a founder of Raptor Sports Properties. Roma is a Raptor Sports Properties client and Barror was involved in the team’s business operations in his role at Raptor Sports. Before joining Raptor, Barror worked for two years as Senior VP/Sales for MSG. Prior to MSG, Barror was Celtics Senior VP/Corporate Sales & Business Development (John Lombardo, Staff Writer).

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Aramark promoted President of Sports & Entertainment MARC BRUNO to COO of its Sports, Leisure & Corrections group, replacing BRENT FRANKS. Bruno will have oversight of the sports and entertainment, parks and destinations and corrections business units. Franks will assume the role of COO for the Education Group. Aramark Regional VP CARL MITTLEMAN will succeed Bruno as President of Sports & Entertainment (THE DAILY).

    EXECS: Back9Network named Time Warner Cable Dir of Engineering HARRY GOLDBERG VP/Operations & Engineering (Back9Network)....The Indians named former MLBer MATT KATA Manager of Youth Baseball Development & Initiatives (Indians)....The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the organizing body behind the 24 Hours of Le Mans, named former CART President & CEO ANDREW CRAIG North American Representative of the World Endurance Championship (STATESMAN.com, 3/5).

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  • Names In The News

    Ilitch's last public apperance was for Torii Hunter’s introductory press conference

    Red Wings and Tigers Owner MIKE ILITCH in a statement said that he "will be absent" tonight during the Red Wings' jersey retirement ceremony for former NHLer NICKLAS LIDSTROM. Ilitch: "This past year, I had a medical procedure that has kept me out of the spotlight for awhile. I feel much better now, and I’m stronger every day." The last time the 84-year-old Ilitch "made a public appearance" was for Tigers RF TORII HUNTER’s introductory press conference in November '12 (DETROIT NEWS, 3/5). Ilitch was featured in last week's SportsBusiness Journal, as part of the SBJ/SBD Champions program.

    LONE RIDER: Former cyclist LANCE ARMSTRONG "won a temporary relief order from a Texas judge this week, sparing him from going under oath about the doping conspiracy that fueled" his career. Armstrong "had been scheduled to give a deposition" today. The order from Texas Appeals Court Judge KERRY FITZGERALD "delays the deposition pending further review" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/6). Meanwhile, the N.Y. Times' JULIET MACUR in her book "CYCLE OF LIES, THE FALL OF LANCE ARMSTRONG" offers a "riveting account" of the cyclist, and it "isn't pretty." Armstrong is depicted as a "bully, cheat, narcissist, user" and those are just "the appetizers." He is shown as a "cancer survivor, of course," but most of all he is portrayed as "a world-class liar" (TORONTO STAR, 3/6).

    TRIBUTES: About 30 members of the Orioles, including manager BUCK SHOWALTER and key players, will leave tomorrow's game against the Phillies "after four or five innings" to fly to Virginia to honor late Dir of PR MONICA BARLOW. Showalter said that team Owner PETER ANGELOS is "providing a plane to fly from Sarasota to Virginia" (CSNBALTIMORE.com, 3/5)....The Braves and Phillies yesterday honored late Braves Special Assistant and former MLBer JIM FREGOSI "in a 12-minute pregame ceremony." Fregosi's traditional seat in the scout section at Bright House Field "was left empty, except for his hat," which was placed there by Braves GM FRANK WREN (ESPN.com, 3/5).

    NAMES: Jaguars Owner SHAHID KHAN last week gave $50,000 to the political committee supporting Jacksonville Mayor ALVIN BROWN’s re-election, making Khan “the top individual contributor to Brown’s campaign” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 3/6)....Former NFLer TOMMY NOBIS yesterday received the Atlanta Sports Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 3/6)....Celtics F JEFF GREEN and C KELLY OLYNYK on Tuesday “tested their acting chops” at the King School in Dorchester, Mass. The performance was part of the Celtics’ “Read to Achieve” program (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/6)....Former NFLer DREW PEARSON this spring will open the Sports 88 grill at the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport’s Terminal B-Terminal D connector section (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/5)....49ers coach JIM HARBAUGH yesterday attended Kansas Univ.’s men’s basketball shootaround "before taking in the game" against Texas Tech (K.C. STAR, 3/6)....Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN on Tuesday night was “sipping cocktails” at the W Hotel’s Living Room lounge in DC. Cuban said he was in town to “meet with some of the leaders of the free world” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/5).

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