SBJ/July 1-7, 2013/Franchises

Mets hire DePaoli as executive VP

The New York Mets have hired Lou DePaoli as the team’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer.

While that title represents a new position for the Mets, as sales chief, DePaoli is replacing Dave Howard, former executive vice president of business operations, who left in March after 20 years, joining Madison Square Garden as MSG Sports president.

DePaoli, who has a rare combination of ticketing and sponsorship sales acumen, will head all revenue areas for the Mets and report to COO Jeff Wilpon.

DePaoli begins with the Mets on July 22. Since 2008, he has been executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Earlier, he was executive vice president and chief marketing officer for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena. He also spent five years with the NBA, working as vice president, team marketing and business development, and from 1996-2000, he was director of ticket sales and later vice president of sales and marketing with the Florida Marlins.

— Terry Lefton

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