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"We won the championship. We're drinking champagne, but we have 14 guys grinding it out at a ballpark trying to watch it on their cell phones. They are the ones missing birthdays and their son's first Little League game" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo , ...

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09/04/14
IMG Hires Former ESPN Exec Mark Shapiro

IMG has hired former ESPN exec MARK SHAPIRO to become the company's Chief Content Officer, a new position that brings him back to the sports world after years of working in entertainment. Shapiro will rely on his experience in both sports and entertainment as he looks to design and sell new progra ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, IMG

09/04/14
Executive Transactions

Georgia Tech named Cowboys Senior Dir of Corporate Communications & Brand Management BRETT DANIELS Deputy AD. Daniels spent the past 25 years with the Cowboys in a variety of roles. GT also named Univ. of Maryland Associate AD/Business MARVIN LEWIS Associate AD/Finance & Administration ...

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09/04/14
Names In The News

England's FA Vice Chair DAVID GILL "has ruled himself out of standing" for the British FIFA vice-presidency following UEFA President MICHEL PLATINI 's "decision not to run against" FIFA President SEPP BLATTER . Gill, the former Manchester United CEO who is now a UEFA exec committee member, "was ...

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09/03/14
IMG Hires Fox Sports Exec Karen Brodkin

IMG has named KAREN BRODKIN President of Business Affairs. The longtime Fox Sports exec will work out of IMG’s office in L.A. and manage all of IMG’s legal and contractual work worldwide. The position is the latest in a series created by IMG’s new owner WME as it looks to have th ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, IMG

09/03/14
NFL Owners In The News

Panthers Owner JERRY RICHARDSON will be an honoree at the Echo Foundation's 16th annual awards program on Sept. 10, where he "will receive the Echo Award Against Indifference for his business and civic contributions, along with his often-anonymous and behind-the-scenes efforts to help others." Ech ...

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09/03/14
Executive Transactions

Univ. of Arkansas-Little Rock AD CHRIS PETERSON resigned from the position after 14 years. Peterson in his resignation letter wrote that he is "looking forward to the next chapter in his life" ( ARKANSASMATTERS.com, 9/2 )....The Univ. of Evansville named Oregon State Univ. Senior Associate AD/Fina ...

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09/03/14
Names In The News

The life story of late boxer ROCKY MARCIANO is "coming to the big screen," and some of the movie will be filmed in his hometown of Brockton, Mass. Several movies about Marciano "have been done for cable networks," but this will be his "first tribute on the silver screen." Marciano's family "has si ...

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09/02/14
Centerplate Announces Des Hague's Resignation

Centerplate’s BOD today named COO CHRIS VERROS acting President & CEO effective immediately, following the resignation of DES HAGUE . The decision comes as a result of Hague’s personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care. Verros, a 35-year veteran of the ...

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09/02/14
Jerry Jones Profiled On ESPN's "OTL"

Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES was profiled Sunday on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines,” and host Bob Ley said since the passing of Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER in '10, Jones is the "most well-known -- some might say infamous -- owner in American sports.” However, as the team&rs ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Dallas Cowboys, NFL, ESPN

09/02/14
Longtime Track Announcer Durkin Signs Off

NYRA track announcer TOM DURKIN for the last 25 years has "provided the real-time oral history of modern thoroughbred racing," but on Sunday produced his "last call" during the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, according to a front-page piece by Joe Drape of the N.Y. TIMES. Durkin said that ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, NYRA

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