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Baseball
The MLB Players Association hired Matt Nussbaum as assistant general counsel. Nussbaum was NHL Players’ Association associate general counsel.

Basketball
The New York Knicks named Mark Warkentien director of pro player personnel. Warkentien was vice president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets.

Facilities
Delaware North Cos.-Boston hired Mark Kastrud as director of corporate partnerships and Matthew Silberman as event operations manager.

Robyn Schon
Schon
Global Spectrum
promoted Chris Connolly to general manager of the Iowa Events Center, Robyn Schon to general manager at the Roanoke Civic Center and Tim Murphy to regional vice president. Matthew Homan was named general manager at the Wells Fargo Center.

SMG named Mike Cera general manager of Stockton Arena, Stockton Ballpark, the Bob Hope Theatre and the Oak Park Ice Arena.

Football
The San Francisco 49ers promoted Tom Gamble to director of pro personnel.

Marketing
AJ Smith
Smith
The Aspire Group promoted A.J. Smith to manager of the Georgia Tech Fan Relationship Management Center.

Helios Partners hired Corneille Burt as vice president of client servicing. Burt was a senior account manager at IOC Marketing & Television Services.

Melt named P.J. Walker digital and social media director, Michael Uchida director of events, David Koonin account executive for sports and social media, Michael Stein Full Throttle event lead and tour manager, Scott Walker an event manager and Justin Drum associate account executive.

Pacific Sports promoted Kylee Belflower to vice president and hired Jameson Shaw as director of operations, Kate Vakay as director of development and Jenna Helton as marketing and event coordinator.

RLR Associates promoted Andrew Fine to managing director and Eric Winchel to manager of broadcasting of its new sports media consulting division.

Zack Bolno, Jack Heilig and Jeffrey Kamis founded Trifecta Team, a public relations, marketing and event management company.

Media
ESPN named Aimee Crawford editor-in-chief for ESPN Rise for Girls. Crawford was a senior editor for Sports
Burt Jenkins
Jenkins
Illustrated.

Learfield Sports promoted Seth Reeves to associate general manager and hired Burt Jenkins as an account executive for Tar Heel Sports Properties at the University of North Carolina, and promoted Brian Gaumont to corporate sales executive for Badger Sports Properties at the University of Wisconsin.

Speed named Tom Cavanaugh vice president of NASCAR production.

Turner Entertainment Networks promoted Jeff Gregor to executive vice president and chief marketing officer of TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, as well as general
Jeff Gregor
Gregor
manager of Turner Classic Movies.

Motorsports
NASCAR promoted Jennifer Powell to senior manager of stakeholder communications, and hired Kristi King as director of communications for competition and Steve Pegram as director of stakeholder communications. King was senior director of communications and consumer marketing for Talladega Superspeedway and Pegram was with Motorsports Management International.

Dean Sever
Seaver
Multiteam Companies

Palace Sports & Entertainment named Dean Seaver marketing manager.

Olympics
USA Swimming named two-time Olympic coach Frank Busch national team director.

USA Field Hockey named Steve Horgan national umpire and technical manager.

USA Triathlon promoted Tim Yount to chief operating officer and hired Rob Urbach as chief executive officer. Urbach was managing director at Cortview Capital Markets.
Steve Horgan
Horgan

USA Synchro hired Evan Morgenstein to be in charge of sponsorship opportunities, marketing rights, new business development and licensing.

Soccer
Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing named Dimitrios Efstathiou senior counsel and Peter Amador coordinator for MLS Digital Properties.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Nike named Roger Wyett president of Nike Affiliates, Jan Singer vice president of global apparel and Andrea Correani vice president of global footwear. Wyett was Hurley International vice president and CEO.

Ogio hired Ryan Crosby as national sales manager of its collegiate division. Crosby was director of sales and licensing for college for M.J. Soffe.

Gary Feldman
Feldman
Awards and Boards

Phoenix Suns Charities named Gary Feldman to its board of directors.

The Charlotte Regional Sports Commission named Frank Yoho of Piedmont Natural Gas, board chairman; and Tera Black of the Charlotte Checkers, Sid Levy of Snyder’s-Lance, Jessica Fickenscher of Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Brian Moroz of Wells Fargo to the board of directors.

World Wrestling Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Donna Goldsmith will resign, effective Feb. 28.

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