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The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Bob Melvin as a special assistant to the team president.
California Institute of Technology hired Betsy Mitchell as director of athletics, recreation and physical education. Mitchell was athletic director at Allegheny College.
Indiana University Southeast named Joe Glover athletic director. Glover was assistant athletic director.
The Miami Dolphins hired Mark Brockelman as senior vice president and chief financial and administrative officer. Brockelman was chief financial officer for eScreen.
The Calgary Flames promoted Jay Feaster to general manager.
The American Hockey League’s Houston Aeros hired Justin Humphrey as a business development account executive.
The North American Lacrosse League hired Scott Neiss as deputy commissioner. Neiss was formerly with the National Lacrosse League.
ANC Sports promoted Chris Mascatello to executive vice president of technology sales, Malik Khan to vice president of technology services, Greg Terlizzi to director of equipment sales, Jen Lopez to director of client services and Jenn Paonessa to account executive for client services, and named Ryan Gregory account coordinator of client services.
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The Aspire Group hired C.J. Wiatr as manager of the fan relationship management center for Rutgers University. Wiatr was manager of season-ticket sales for the Cleveland Browns.
Authentic Brands Group hired Mike Straka as senior vice president of media and entertainment.
KemperLesnik hired Barnaby Dinges as vice president of public relations. Dinges was president of The Dinges Gang, a communications consulting firm.
Madeline Berger rejoined MB Strategists, the consulting firm she founded in 2000.
Volkswagen of America vice president of marketing Tim Ellis left the company. Tim Mahoney, the company’s chief product and marketing officer, will oversee VW’s sports activities.
Dish Network’s chairman, Charles Ergen, is stepping down as president and chief executive officer. Joseph Clayton will take over those duties.
The American Le Mans Series named Ben Brown director of broadcast production services. Brown replaces John Evenson, who will remain as a consultant to the series.
The British Olympic Association named Andy Anson an independent director.
Julian Eccles resigned as the Football Association’s director of marketing and communications.
Anheuser-Busch hired Paul Chibe to lead its U.S. marketing division. Chibe was vice president and general manager of the U.S. gum and mints unit at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.
MillerCoors hired Rick Gomez as vice president of Coors brands. Gomez was vice president of marketing at PepsiCo.
USA Triathalon named Charles Baker to the board of directors.
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission named Henry Ford and Mark Shaw to the board of directors.
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Ticketmaster’s Jared Smith, Kirsten Corio of the NBA and Ticketmaster’s Clay Luter
Bill Schlough of the San Francisco Giants, Bill Haggard of the Dallas Cowboys and Mike Birdsall of FanConneX
Marty Greenspun of the New York Yankees and Sportservice’s Rick Abramson
John Walker of Tickets.com and Eric McKenzie of Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Ueberroth receives Wooden Award
Peter Ueberroth, former Olympics executive and MLB commissioner, received the John Wooden Global Leadership Award last Monday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The award was presented by UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Multisport lineup at ESPN Upfront
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At the ESPN Upfront on May 17 at Best Buy Theater in New York City, from left: Winter X Games medalist and analyst Kier Dillon, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, ESPYs host Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live,” Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Bob Iger, ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer and skateboarder and executive Tony Hawk.
WNBA honors Couric
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Former CBS News anchor Katie Couric received the WNBA Inspiration Award at the sixth annual WNBA Inspiring Women Luncheon on May 24 at Gotham Hall in New York City. From left: WNBA President Laurel Richie, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Couric, Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard, and Sheila Johnson, Mystics vice chairman, president and managing partner.
Everyone knows Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's chief of operations. As he zips around Charlotte's Quail Hollow Club in a golf cart earlier this month, golfers, caddies and tournament officials shout his initials, "AP." While Pazder is a 20-year tour employee, he is in his first year as chief of operations. In that role, Pazder will visit more than 30 tournaments this year, most of them from Tuesday through Thursday, to make sure everything is in place for a PGA Tour event and to keep his finger on the pulse of the players. Over the course of one day at the Wells Fargo Championship, Pazder touched virtually every aspect of the tour's business, meeting with the bank's marketing executives, reviewing the golf course with rules officials and chatting with players throughout the day.
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What I Like …
■ AN INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN MY CAREER: Mort Clarke. He was my professor my freshman year of college for an acting course. He taught me “You don’t forget lines, you just don’t care to say them,” showing me that attitude is everything. I have held this in my mind for over 30 years.
■ AN OUT-OF-THE-BOX IDEA: The UNICEF Tap Project — A campaign that has restaurants asking their patrons to pay $1 for the glass of usually free tap water on their table because close to 5,000 children die each day from causes related to lack of access to good, clean, healthy drinking water.
■ A TIMELESS IDEA: Every outfit looks better when you add a scarf to it.
■ A BUSINESS DEAL: Anything where the beneficiary shares his/her “profits” with the world’s children.
■ A SPORTS FACILITY: I loved the old Yankee Stadium, think the new Citi Field is fabulous, can’t walk in Madison Square Garden without reliving my first NBA and NHL experiences there, and was wowed by the Devils’ new arena in Newark. But, I do love day games at Wrigley Field when I am in Chicago.
■ A TREND: When I was 8 years old, I was willing to give my life for a pair of “Go Go Boots.”
■ AN IDEA OR INVENTION I WISH I HAD THOUGHT OF: Suitcases with wheels.
■ A FANTASY JOB: I’m torn between truly having a position of influence to right the world’s injustices and having one that would allow me to sit on my front porch all day …
■ MY JOB: Absolutely believing in what we do and simultaneously feeling like what I do matters.
■ SPORTS TECHNOLOGY: The adaptation of prosthetic devices (especially those for kids) that enable people to still play sports.
■ SPORTS FANS: Their energy, their passion!
What I Would Like To …
■ CHANGE: The fact that 22,000 children are dying each day from causes we can prevent — I want to see that number come down to zero.
■ CHANGE IN WHAT I DO: Eat less/exercise more.
■ SEE: All three of my sons grown into adulthood, happy, healthy and wise.
■ SEE MORE OF IN SPORTS: Respect for women’s leagues/teams/athletes.
■ SEE LESS OF IN SPORTS: Athletes who forget that children look up to them as role models.
■ SEE LESS OF IN SPORTS BUSINESS: Greediness.
■ SEE DIFFERENT: The inequities between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
What I Don’t Like …
■ IN GENERAL: Stereotypes and those whose bigotry propels them to act on those stereotypes.
■ PET PEEVE: When one of my sons or my husband leaves the seat up.
■ IN SPORTS: My own talent level. In my next life I will be an athlete.
■ ABOUT SPORTS FANS: Those jerks who sat behind my family’s seats last season at baseball games who were so drunk that it ruined it for my kids.
What I Like …
■ PEOPLE: My kids — Of course I love them, but I truly like them, too. They make me laugh, they challenge me, they’re my favorite people.
■ THAT WOULD SURPRISE THOSE WHO KNOW ME: Trashy novels.
■ PLAYERS: The guys and gals who have done so much for UNICEF — Dikembe Mutombo, Pau Gasol, Patrick Elias, Dwight Howard, Sammy Dalembert, Yani Tseng, David Ortiz — I could go on and on!
■ CITY: I am a true New Yorker — there is no place like New York.
■ POSSESSION: I have a bracelet that my dad bought me his last year of work. I wear it every day and remember him as I put it on.
■ MEMENTO: My office is filled with gifts from kids I’ve met around the globe.
■ MUSIC: I like all music, but The Beatles will always be No. 1 for me. Even the first dance at my wedding was a Beatles song.
■ MAGAZINES: The Week is my favorite, but I also read Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, More and People religiously.
■ TRIPS: My honeymoon in New Zealand. Most surprisingly loved: Vietnam (been back numerous times); Sierra Leone (magnificent countryside and people). Most memorable: Darfur. Most at home: Israel.
■ MOVIES: This past year: “Get Him to the Greek” and “The King’s Speech.”
■ CONCERTS: In my college years I never missed a Marshall Tucker Band concert.
■ ARTIST: I studied for my doctoral comprehensive exams in the Chicago Art Institute on a bench opposite a Matisse painting — he kept me sane through weeks of studying.
■ FOOD: Anything chocolate or with mushrooms in it.
■ DRINKS: Peach Martinis or Diet Coke.
■ SCENT: Bill Blass perfume.
■ VACATION SPOT: Our country home in Columbia County, N.Y.
■ AFTERSHAVE: Acqua di Gio.
■ QUOTE: “If we solve all the problems of the world but fail to solve the problems of education, our children will destroy what we bequeath them. But if we solve only the problems of education, our children will solve the problems of the world.” — Thomas Jefferson.