SBD/July 16, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

The Big East Conference named former NBA Exec VP/Basketball Operations STU JACKSON Senior Associate Commissioner/Men’s Basketball, effective July 28 (Big East)....Universal Sports Network named Fearnet VP/Affiliate Sales MIKE SEVERINO to the newly created position of VP/Distribution Strategy. Fearnet is a cable, web and VOD joint venture started by Sony, Lionsgate and Comcast (USN)….The WNBA Atlanta Dream named Jaguars Dir of Financial Planning & Analysis MAUREEN BROWN COO, effective July 21 (Dream)….MLB named former player BILLY BEAN as a consultant, where he will serve as the league’s first Ambassador for Inclusion (MLB). Bean’s job will be “to assure all MLB stakeholders of an inclusive and equitable workplace and provide awareness and educational resources that help mandate the league’s workplace code of conduct.” Bean “will focus not just on sexual orientation, but also intersections of race, gender and other issues of diversity.” A “major focus” for Bean will be “to help end homophobia in the locker rooms, front offices, on the fields and in the stands” (OUTSPORTS.com, 7/15)….The Atlantic 10 promoted DREW DICKERSON to Assistant Commissioner and CAITLAN BONNER to Dir of Advanced Media (A-10)….Clemson Univ. named former NFLer DARRYL RICHARD Assistant Dir of Business Operations (Clemson).

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