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West Virginia AD Luck Leaving School To Take Prominent Regulatory Position At NCAA

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The NCAA today named West Virginia AD OLIVER LUCK to the newly created position of Exec VP/Regulatory Affairs, which will bring the national office regulatory functions -- academic and membership affairs, the Eligibility Center and enforcement -- under one umbrella. Luck will begin the position ea...

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12/17/14
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12/17/14
Executive Transactions

Univ. of Michigan athletic department CMO HUNTER LOCHMANN "is no longer working for the university." UM Associate AD/Media & PR DAVID ABLAUF said Lochmann "resigned to pursue other professional opportunities." Lochmann was one of former AD DAVE BRANDON 's "signature hires early on" ( FREEP. ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Executive Transactions

12/17/14
FAU Continues Big Bet On Football

There are "precious few fans" who care about FAU football, as the school's "build-it-and-they-will-come strategy hasn't worked as hoped," according to Jeff Ostrowski of the PALM BEACH POST. Former football coach Howard Schnellenberger "persuaded FAU in the late 1990s to launch a football progra ...

Tags: Colleges

12/17/14
Host Cities Revealed For '15 Gold Cup

CONCACAF yesterday announced the host cities and venues for the '15 Gold Cup, which will be played July 7-26 in the U.S. The confederation also announced group seeds and group stage dates as well. Soccer United Marketing and CONCACAF had previously run a six-month RFP process to select the stadiums, ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

12/17/14
Lammi Sports Buys Wisconsin Athletic HOF

Lammi Sports Management has "purchased the assets" of the Wisconsin Athletic HOF from the state's Center District and the Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation and "plans to revive and revitalize" it, according to Gary D'Amato of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The HOF has lain dormant "since the ...

Tags: Facilities

12/17/14
Bernie Ecclestone Retains Control Of F1

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has won his battle to retain control of the racing organization after former Diageo CEO Paul Walsh “walked away from plans" to become F1 BOD Chair, according to Roger Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. CVC Capital Partners co-Founder & co-Chair Donald Mackenzie, whose f ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Formula One

12/17/14
Sharks On Verge Of 10th Straight Non-Sellout

Barring a "last-minute rush at the box office" for tomorrow's game against the Oilers, the Sharks' streak of non-sellouts will reach ten consecutive home games, which would be "a first in the 22-year history" of SAP Center, according to Ross McKeon of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Not since early in the build ...

Tags: Franchises, San Jose Sharks, NHL

12/17/14
People & Personalities

In Chicago, Daryl Van Schouwen notes although announcer Hawk Harrelson has "considered cutting back his workload," it is "tough to see the White Sox broadcaster ... pulling himself away from the booth" in '15. Harrelson: "I looked at the schedule 15, 20, 30 times. I narrowed it down to about 120 gam ...

Tags: Media

12/17/14
Univ. Of Miami Could End Nike Deal

The Univ. of Miami’s 27-year "marriage with Nike -- the first of its kind in college sports -- may be coming to an end," according to Matt Porter of the PALM BEACH POST. UM has "not renewed its contract with Nike," which expires Aug. 31, and adidas and Under Armour "have submitted formidable b ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Nike, ACC

12/17/14
Top Sports Business Stories, Part One

The SBD/SBJ editorial staff compiled the top sports business stories of '14, in no particular order. Today, we present five of them. GOODELL UNDER FIRE : Ray Rice and Roger Goodell may forever be connected for reasons neither would have hoped for. The commissioner’s bungling of Rice’ ...

Tags: Year End

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