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Veteran of Palace Sports and Rose Quarter takes over reorganized division at SMG

SMG has hired veteran talent buyer Jim McCue to take over its sports and entertainment division and expanded the focus of the group’s operations.

McCue is a former booking executive with Palace Sports & Entertainment in Detroit and the Rose Quarter in Portland, and most recently was co-producer of the “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Live Experience” touring show.

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As SMG’s senior vice president for entertainment, McCue is responsible for programming content at the 220 venues that SMG manages in North America and Europe. McCue starts his new job Sept. 7 and is relocating from Denver to SMG’s corporate office in suburban Philadelphia.

McCue worked at two NBA arenas for more than 10 years. During his tenure in Portland, he was instrumental in landing the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

In addition, McCue booked the Roy Jones Jr.-Clinton Woods fight at the Rose Garden in 2002, and said he is eager to reconnect with fight promoters and develop relationships with mixed martial arts and action sports groups to book their events at SMG-managed facilities.

In conjunction with McCue’s hire, SMG has reorganized its sports and entertainment division, selecting general managers at arenas in Albany, N.Y.; Long Beach, Calif.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Pensacola, Fla., to serve as the division’s regional managers.

They join SMG vice presidents Jon Petrunak, Bob Papke and Chris Wright in reporting to McCue, said Bob Cavalieri, senior vice president of business development.

In addition, McCue said he plans to work closely with Doug Thornton, SMG’s senior vice president of stadiums and arenas. Thornton oversees the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena, and is an expert in forming proposals to bid for Super Bowls and Final Fours.

McCue replaces Mike Evans, who accepted a newly created position in June as Live Nation’s president of arenas.

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