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    James Sweet was named corporate sales manager for the Class A South Atlantic League's Delmarva Shorebirds of Salisbury, Md.




    USA Basketball promoted Caroline Williams to director of communications and Darius Taylor to assistant director for competitive programs.

    Mike Boswell was promoted to president of the National Basketball Development League's North Charleston (S.C.) Lowgators.

    Karen Bryant was promoted to chief operating officer for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. Coach Anne Donovan will add the job of director of player personnel to her duties.




    Asgian (left), Hoppas (center), Niemuth

    Ellerbe Becket named Art Asgian, Barbara Hoppas and Jon Niemuth associates and promoted Niemuth to project designer III.


    Keith Pelley was named president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts by new owners Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon.

    Janssen (left), Morris
    The Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee hired Mike Janssen as senior vice president of operations and Bruce Morris as manager of special projects and promoted Michele Lewis to vice president of events.


    The Chicago Blackhawks named Dale Tallon assistant general manager.

    Stacey Quest will head corporate sales for the Amarillo (Texas) Gorillas hockey club of the Central Hockey League.

    Campbell (top left), Ruiz (top right), Gandara (bottom left), Cruz (bottom right)
    The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim promoted Ron Campbell and Bob Ruiz to premium sales and service managers, hired Gordon Taylor as premium sales and service manager, promoted Roxanne Gandara to premium sales and service assistant and promoted Christina Cruz to sales secretary.

    Dan Silver was hired as director of broadcasting and media relations and Brian Grasseschi as director of group sales for the United Hockey League's Missouri River Otters of St. Charles, Mo.


    Sara Loarte is leaving her position as director of Latin America for MLB International to form her own marketing and events company in New York, Altus Entertainment. She will be president.

    Chris Parker was promoted to director of sponsorship sales for Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment.

    Jennifer Caputo was named vice president, business operations for M2post&design in New York City.

    Rick Mahorn joined The Hutt Sports Group in Portland as a consultant.

    Jennifer Rottenberg joined CC&C Management Group in Myrtle Beach, S.C., as senior vice president of business development.


    Jordan Rodack was named Super Bowl reporter for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.

    Jamie Pentz was named group publisher of Time4 Media's Mountain Sports Media.


    Joe Zydlo was named director of public relations, and Kristie Hakman was promoted to director of business development and Brent Moszer to sales and marketing coordinator for Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

    Bob Rinaldi was named general manager for Lewis Motorsports.

    Paul Sparrow joined NASCAR's licensing division as director of retail development and will be based in Charlotte.




    Jon Muir was named director of U.S. marketing, promotions and e-commerce for Wilson Racquet Sports. Dianne Bieschke expanded her role as national administrator for U.S. marketing and promotions. Jeff Hayhurst, based in Ohio, will continue as regional promotions manager and add the Wilson National Junior Team program as well as the National Senior Team program to his job description. Alex Muresan was named national promotions coordinator, and Matt Smucker was named Team Wilson coordinator.

    Greg Houlgate was named director of business development at West Coast Trends, a maker of Club Glove golf travel bags based in Huntington Beach, Calif.


    Rick Ridall was named regional sales manger at Patron Solutions, the ticketing subsidiary of Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor.

    Richard Giordano, a first vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services, was named to the NFL Players Financial Advisor Program.

    The Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee named Jon Vice to its board of directors.

    Targeted Golf founder Richard Brasser was named winner of the Charlotte Chamber Entrepreneur Award for companies with fewer than 11 employees.

    Katz (left), Burlison
    The annual John R. Wooden Award for college basketball players added Andy Katz and Frank Burlison to its National Advisory Board.

    The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association named Bill Keenist, senior vice president, communications and marketing for the Detroit Lions, the 2002 recipient of its Best of the Best Media/Public Relations Person of the Year.

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  • Spotlight: George Kliavkoff

    Name: George Kliavkoff
    Age: 36
    Title: Senior vice president, business development, Major League Baseball Advanced Media
    College: University of Virginia School of Law (1993), doctor of jurisprudence; Boston University (1989), bachelor of science, journalism
    Resides: Seattle
    Grew up: Scarsdale, N.Y.
    Previous job: Business Development Consumer Division,RealNetworks
    Family: Wife, Ellen; daughter, Delaney, and son, Henry
    Favorite movie: "The Shawshank Redemption"
    Last book read: "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell
    CDs he listens to most: Anything by Elvis Costello

    MLB's off-season is a time for partners to discuss business, and George Kliavkoff is at the epicenter of negotiations.

    Kliavkoff joins Major League Baseball Advanced Media LP, the new-media and Internet company of MLB, as the senior vice president of business development. He will oversee all business deals, including licensing technology and online, mobile and international distribution of MLBAM's products.

    In 4½ years at RealNetworks, Kliavkoff helped create the company's online media subscription services and negotiated deals to distribute them.

    What is the biggest challenge of your new position?
    It is going to be managing deal flow because of all of the partners that want to do deals with MLB Advanced Media. I think we're going to have a lot of deals coming our way, and we only have 100 days left. We're going to have to get a lot of deals done in a short amount of time.

    Also, as more people have more access to the Internet and as wireless nets are upgraded to support video, there is the promise that consumers can access any content they want, irrespective of where they are physically. To be able to do that with the company that I believe is leading the way, I think is going to be a great challenge for me.

    What are your strengths?
    I'm certain that one of my strengths is developing a base-line partnership with my partners first, and then I move forward in building a relationship. I think as you get to be known in the industry, you tend to hear about opportunities before other people hear them, and you tend to figure out complex deals with people that you have a good relationship with.

    Also, I'm uniquely positioned for my new role because my very good friends are the folks that have my exact job with many of the other sports. Most people would not know their counterparts at the other leagues, and I think that puts me on the other side of the table.

    What areas do you want to improve in?
    I think I'm impatient about the development of digital media. I'd like to see everything happen as soon as possible, but the speed at which some of our partners have to move is sometimes frustrating. It's just a matter of calling on my patience and trying to work through it.

    What are two things you wish you could change about the sports business?
    One immediately jumps to mind. It's a fantasy, but I'd love it if the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA championship, the Stanley Cup — all of sports' best events — could be played in arenas that would seat 2 million people. It's just such a special thing to be there in person and to experience it.

    The other thing is if the speed by which we could allow people who can't attend those events in person, to sort of get a sense of what it's all like, if that were increased, so that more people would have more access to that content quicker.

    What is your career advice?
    First thing is to not worry about the money or responsibility. Focus on what you love to do and work hard at it. It's guaranteed that everything else will fall into place.

    When you're not working, what do you do in your spare time?
    My hobby is to restore old wooden boats. One reason to restore them is take them out on the water here in Seattle. And, I love spending time with my family.

    Alisha Puckett is research associate for The Sports Business Daily, an affiliated publication.

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