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Baseball
The Class A Midwest League’s Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hired Seth Merrill as a group sales representative.

The Oakland Athletics hired Scott Hatteberg as special assistant to baseball operations.

Basketball
The New Jersey Nets promoted Josh Pruss to vice president of partnership marketing and Dan Lefton to executive director of ticket sales at the Barclays Center, and hired Andrew Schwartz as vice president of partnership sales.

The New Orleans Hornets hired Ed Lang as chief financial officer. Lang was president of business operations for the Nashville Predators.

Football
The Philadelphia Eagles named Derron Harris manager of football administration.

Golf
The Canadian Professional Golf Tour hired Scott Pritchard as director of business development.

Marketing
Next Marketing hired Michael Gover as director of experiential marketing. Gover was previously vice president of operations for The Marketing Arm.

Rising Star Management Group named Jim Thomas vice president of business development.

Unilever hired Marc Mathieu as senior vice president of marketing.

Media
ESPN promoted Amy Rosenfeld to coordinating producer for global soccer.

Purdie
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. named Jeffrey Orridge as executive director of sports properties of CBC Sports.

Inside Triathlon named Jennifer Purdie senior editor.

Comcast Sports Group promoted Marsha Perez to research and marketing solutions senior analyst.

Comcast/NBC Universal hired Kyle McSlarrow as president. McSlarrow will lead its lobbying and government affairs office in Washington, D.C.

Learfield Sports promoted Greg Schwartz to account executive and hired Nate Silverman as associate general manager for Aztec Sports Properties at San Diego State University. Rick Mouser was promoted to account executive and Bob Guptill was hired as manager of business development for Purdue Sports Properties at Purdue University. Joe Druten was promoted to account executive for Sooner Sports Properties at the University of Oklahoma. Chris Brister was promoted to account executive for LA Tech Sports Properties at Louisiana Tech University.
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Sportsman Channel promoted Ben Lines to vice president of marketing.

Traction hired Ronny Young as a graphic designer.

HRTV hired Constance Marshall as marketing manager. Marshall was station relations coordinator at MGM.

NESN hired Louis Rivera as a local account executive. Rivera held senior sales positions at WFNX, WBZ-TV and Boston.com.

Root Sports promoted Jamie McIntosh to vice president and general sales manager.

Univision President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Uva will step down.

Olympics
USA Weightlifting hired John Duff as chief executive officer. Duff was the marketing managing director for Throttle Motorsports.
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Soccer
The North American Soccer League hired Darren McCartney as director of operations.

Carolina RailHawks FC hired Evan Morris as director of ticket sales, and Chris Vurnakes and Ben Adler as managers of ticket sales and fan development.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Modell’s Sporting Goods President Seth Horowitz stepped down.

The Nike Foundation named Dean Stoyer global communications director.

Other
Global Entertainment Ticketing hired Mike Sawyer as regional sales director for Tempe, Ariz., and Stephanie Pocina as regional sales director in Houston.

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Awards and Boards

Enterprising Women magazine named Kristi Atkins one of its 2011 Enterprising Women of the Year. Atkins is chief executive officer of Aim Marketing Solutions and president of Women in Sports and Entertainment Atlanta.

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl elected Tyrone Willingham to the board of directors.

The International Association of Venue Managers named John Bolton second vice chair of the board of directors.

Former U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo was appointed to serve on the Minnesota Ballpark Authority.

The Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers named David Asper and Phil Sheegl to their board of directors.

Empire Sports & Entertainment Holdings named Bob Gutkowski to its board of directors. Gutkowski is a partner in Innovative Strategic Management

Bergstein
The Thoroughbred Owners of California chose Pablo Suarez to fill its seat on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s board of directors.

The Oregon Sports Authority elected Len Bergstein, president; Linda Williams, president-elect; Robert Gregg, vice president; Doug Obletz, secretary; Pat Egan, treasurer; and Terry Shanley, chair. University of Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens was named a director.

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