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Published February 1, 2010
The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Matt Ritchie as a sales consultant.
The Kansas City Royals named Ned Yost special assistant to baseball operations.
The San Diego Padres named Amy Saxon director of group ticket sales. Saxon was group sales manager for the Orlando Magic.
Minor League Baseball named Louis Brown III manager of baseball operations and legal affairs and Andy Shultz an assistant in the baseball operations department.
The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Nashville Sounds named Brad Tammen vice president of sales and marketing. Tammen was assistant general manager for the Salt Lake Bees.
Tulsa Pro Hoops, the owners of the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, named Steve Swetoha president. Swetoha was executive director of the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission and executive director of the local organizing committee for the ACC Football Championship in Charlotte.
The Phoenix Suns named Todd Merrill marketing partnership account executive, Andrea Lechner-Becker database marketing coordinator, Albert Watson data analyst, Shayna Kuper game entertainment coordinator and Martin Flores editor.
Elon University promoted Michael Jacobs to assistant athletic director for marketing and ticket operations.
International Speedway Corp. named Andrew Gurtis vice president of operations for Daytona International Speedway. Gurtis was managing director of business operations for ISC.
Devils Arena Entertainment named Lee Stacey senior vice president of sales for the Prudential Center.
Carolina Panthers sponsor services manager Jennifer Sklenar left her position.
The Cleveland Browns named Tom Heckert general manager and Bryan Wiedmeier executive vice president of business administration. Heckert was general manager for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Wiedmeier was president and chief operating officer for the Miami Dolphins.
The Philadelphia Eagles named Tim McDermott senior vice president and chief marketing officer. McDermott was senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the Washington Capitals.
The San Francisco 49ers reorganized the team’s business operations by eliminating the role of the chief operating officer held by Andy Dolich and naming Jed York chief executive officer. Dolich, before leaving the team, will aid York as a senior adviser while the team searches for a chief marketing officer. Director of business partnerships Pat Streko also left the team.
The 2011 PGA Championship named Jason Mengel championship operations manager and Morgan Cody championship administration manager.
The Bruno Event Team hired Jessica Bryant as public relations director.
Dietz Trott Sports & Entertainment Management hired Howard Krugel as vice president of sales and marketing and Kevin Blazaitis as sales and marketing manager.
GroupM ESP promoted Seth Jacobs to senior vice president, and hired Dalen Cuff as an account manager.
Brad Pelletier will step down from his position as IMG Canada senior vice president and managing director in April.
In Stadium Promotions named Lou Rosenberg director of business development.
Just Marketing International hired John Driscoll as vice president of partnership development, Lauri Morrow Crawford as senior vice president of marketing and Kevin Thimjon as chief financial officer.
NFL agent Jeff Sperbeck left Octagon and launched a new agency, The Novo Agency.
Premier Partnerships named Uzma Syed manager of corporate partnerships. Syed was coordinator of team strategic initiatives for team marketing and business operations for the NBA.
ESPN promoted Mo Davenport to senior vice president of ESPN Radio and Tim McCarthy to senior vice president of ESPN Radio Group. Dave Roberts replaces McCarthy as vice president and general manager of ESPN 1050 Radio in New York City. Jim Pastor was named senior vice president of the newly created ESPNLocal.com department. John Cravens replaces Pastor as ESPN 1000 Chicago’s vice president and general manager. Mike Connolly was named vice president of audio sales for ESPN Radio.
Fox Sports Arizona named Ed Olsen general sales manager. Olsen was president and chief executive officer of Rethinc Advertising.
Adam Holzer, who was Fox Cable Networks senior vice president of integration and emerging media, left the company.
Learfield Sports named Todd Howell associate general manager for Lobo Sports Properties at the University of New Mexico, Teresa Grim account executive for Gopher Sports Properties at the University of Minnesota, Nick Garner general manager and Sam Barkley account executive for Grizzly Sports Properties at the University of Montana, Spencer Christiansen general manager for Bobcats Sports Properties at Montana State University, and Joey King senior account executive and Kenny Keblaitis account executive for Bronco Sports Properties at Boise State University.
YES Network promoted Pat Cavanaugh to vice president of finance and controller.
Awards and Boards
The Sports Financial Advisors Association named Mitchell Halpern, O’Connor & Drew principal and director of sports and entertainment accounting services, to its board of directors. He also serves as chairman of the membership committee.
The United States Sports Academy named Manny Pacquiao and Yelena Isinbaeva athletes of the year.
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