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    Basketball
    The Seattle Sonics and Seattle Storm named Brian Byrnes vice president of sales and marketing. Byrnes most recently was chief marketing officer and business operations executive vice president for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.

    Reddy (left), Young (center), Scheetz
    The New Orleans Hornets named Eric Reddy, Trey Young, Jessica Scheetz, Paul Brown, Amanda Seibel, T.J. Ill, Rick Dooley and Jake Reid to inside sales positions.

    Bowling
    Dallas Diggs was named the chief executive officer of Strike Ten Entertainment.

    Facilities
    Sunrise Sports and Entertainment and the Office Depot Center named Phillip Reitz controller/senior director of accounting; Michael Fallon director of finance; Ryan McCoy premium seat and suite account manager; Brian Mesika new business development account executive; Nadia Abich marketing manager; and Chandler Pettit marketing solutions manager.

    Global Spectrum named Jordan Smith technical services manager, Sandra Sprague assistant box office manager and Jessica Krupinski event schedule and staff coordinator of the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J.

    Football
    The Baltimore Ravens promoted Bill Tessendorf to vice president of medical services, Pat Moriarty to vice president of football administration and Jessica Markison to executive assistant/player benefits manager. The team hired Lionel Vital as national scout, Andy Weidl as area scout for the West and Roy Anderson, Mark Azevedo and Milt Hendrickson as player personnel assistants.

    The Miami Dolphins hired Randy Mueller, former New Orleans Saints general manager of football operations, as general manager.

    Golf
    Nathan Grube was hired as tournament director of the PGA Tour’s Buick Championship in Cromwell, Conn. Grube was tournament director of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

    Hockey
    The ECHL named David Shipitofsky director of team services. He was manager of team ticket sales and service with the NBA.

    The St. Louis Blues promoted Jarmo Kekalainen to assistant general manager. He remains director of amateur scouting.

    Callander (left), DeNero (center), Holy
    The Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League promoted Jock Callander to community relations manager, Derek DeNero to sales and entertainment manager and Tom Holy to public relations manager.

    Dan Isenberg was named president of the Port Huron (Mich.) Flags of the United Hockey League. Isenberg was director of season sales with Palace Sports and Entertainment.

    Marketing

    Nobs (left), Luehrs
    David Nobs was named managing director of Ruder Finn Inc. Nobs was general manager of Rogers & Cowan and Weber Shandwick in Los Angeles.

    Red Moon Marketing promoted Greg Luehrs to account director of motorsports.

    Rodale Inc. named Ron Bernstein vice president of online advertising. Bernstein was vice president of advertising and commerce at AOL Web Properties.

    Bullington
    Links Sports hired Alan Bullington as player manager.

    Media
    Fox Networks Group named Hunter Nickell executive vice president and general manager of Speed Channel, effective July 1. Nickell was Fox Sports Net South senior vice president and general manager.

    Leeann Tweeden joined the cast of “NASCAR Nation” on Speed Channel. Tweeden will continue her position on Fox Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period.”

    Simon
    The Tennis Channel hired William Simon as chief financial officer. Simon was chief financial officer, vice president of finance and treasurer for Dick Clark Productions Inc.

    Andy and Brandon Jennings formed Zone Sports Media LLC, a sports Web site developer specializing in sites designed for fantasy sports participants.

    Motorsports
    AMA Pro Racing hired Rod Lopusnak as director of sales. Lopusnak was ATV and motorcycle marketing manager at American Suzuki Motor Corp.

    Tennis
    The U.S. Tennis Association named Virgil Christian to the newly created position of director of community tennis development. Christian was director of tennis at the Cary (N.C.) Tennis Center.

    Awards and Boards
    Under Armour’s creative director, Marcus Stephens, was named Best Creative Person at the American Business Awards.

    The Football Network Inc. named Robert Lucey to its board of directors. Lucey was the president of Putnam Investments.

    The Houston City Council approved Neal Manne, Ba Mau Nguyen, J. Kent Friedman, Janie Reyes and Roland Garcia as nominees for the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority board of directors.

    The National Association of Sports Commissions named Greater Columbus CVB director of sports marketing Linda Logan chairwoman; Disney’s Wide World of Sports manager of sports programming John Bisignano vice chairman and chairman-elect; San Antonio Sports Foundation associate executive director Bill Hanson treasurer and Gainesville Sports Organizing Committee executive director Jack Hughes secretary.

    Schutt Sports named Tim Maloney Sales its Agency of the Year for 2004. Members of the winning agency include Tim Maloney, Eric Stoffel, Craig Schlichting, David Greaux, Jim Bulkey, Don Starner, Dennis Gundling, Jeff Engle and Billy Mills.

    The National Athletic Trainers’ Association inducted Gerald Bell, Pete Carlon, Kathleen Laquale, Tony Marek and Rod Walters into its hall of fame. The association also named Terry Noonan and Jim Thornton to its board of directors.

    Other
    The National Lacrosse League’s Edmonton Rush named Duane Vienneau president and Ahmed “A.J.” Johma, director of lacrosse operations.

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. hired Michael McNeil as vice president of partnership marketing. McNeil was director of development for New York City’s Olympic organization.

    Tickets.com named Larry Witherspoon and Andy Donkin co-presidents. Witherspoon was vice president of technology services for the Seattle Mariners, and Donkin was president of Tickets.com’s Internet ticketing division.

    The Urban Sports and Entertainment Group LLC hired Nigel Hall as national account manager. Hall was vice president of marketing for the NBDL’s Arkansas RimRockers.

    The Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International named Diana Hakenholz director of member services and Theresa Todd part-time accountant and promoted Courtney Hudzik from student assistant to database manager.

    PEOPLE NEWS
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  • Spotlight: Mike Jakubowski

    Age: 40
    New title: Manager of sponsorship acquisitions, U.S. Bowling Congress
    Previous job: Public relations specialist, U.S. Bowling Congress
    First job: Working for a video production company and videotaping weddings
    Education: Bachelor of arts, broadcast communications (1987), Marquette University
    Resides: Milwaukee
    Grew up: Milwaukee
    Brand most admired: Hormel Foods
    Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere tropical
    Last book read: “Neil Armstrong: Young Pilot (Childhood Of Famous Americans)” by Montrew Dunham
    Last movie seen: “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”
    Favorite movie: “Caddyshack”
    Favorite comedian: Bill Murray

    Mike Jakubowski is taking on a role in the rebirth of bowling.

    The sport’s newly unified governing body in this country, the U.S. Bowling Congress, named Jakubowski manager of sponsorship acquisitions. He is responsible for developing, coordinating and fulfilling the USBC’s sponsorship packages; is reviewing agreements from the merger of the American Bowling Congress, Women’s International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling organizations that formed the USBC; and will lead the creative development of new sponsorship opportunities within USBC for national businesses. He spoke recently with staff writer Brandon McClung.

    What is the biggest challenge in your new position?
    In the short term it is trying to tie together the resources from the four entities that merged to form the cohesive United States Bowling Congress.

    What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?
    Leaving my role in the public relations department and stepping into a new job and a whole new department that does not have a proven track record yet. But with knowing the resources that we have, I know it will work out in the end.

    What is your biggest professional accomplishment in your career?
    While I was working for the Brewers, I was a part of the team that helped close down County Stadium and open Miller Park.

    What is your biggest professional disappointment in your career?
    In 1997 when Fox did not renew the television show “World Team Challenge.” I started out as a producer on the show and worked my way up to being the co-host with the great Earl Anthony.

    What is one story you are continuing to watch in sports today?
    The role that women are playing in sports today. It’s great to see Danica Patrick bring the spotlight back to IRL racing.

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