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Baseball Hall of Fame Senior Vice President Bill Haase retired.
The Miami Marlins named Ryan McCoy vice president of sales and service. McCoy was senior vice president of sales and service for Sunrise Sports & Entertainment.
The Minnesota Twins promoted Rob Antony to vice president and assistant general manager, Mike Clough to vice president of ticket sales and service, Paul Froehle to vice president of ticket operations, Nancy O’Brien to vice president of brand marketing, Dan Starkey to senior director of ballpark development, Sean Harlin to director of major league video, Chris Iles to director of corporate and digital communications, Sam Henschen to senior manager of Twins productions, Brandon Johnson to senior manager of business intelligence and analytics, and Dana Minion to senior manager of ballpark maintenance.
The Class A Carolina League’s Myrtle Beach Pelicans named Nathan Barnett media relations manager and broadcaster. Barnett was announcer for the Frisco RoughRiders.
The Milwaukee Brewers promoted Bob Hallas to vice president of stadium operations, Teddy Werner to vice president of business development and Michael Boettcher to grounds director.
The Seattle Storm named Kyle Waters vice president of ticket sales and service and Kenny Dow senior manager of marketing. Waters was general manager of ticket sales and service for Collegiate Consulting at Purdue University, and Dow was assistant athletic director for marketing and head cheerleading coach at Portland State University.
The Charlotte Bobcats hired Kyle Caddell as vice president of marketing and partnerships. Caddell was director of sponsor sales and services for the Carolina Panthers.
The Houston Rockets hired Gersson Rosas as executive vice president of basketball operations.
College of the Holy Cross named Nathan Pine athletic director, effective Feb. 1. Pine is deputy athletic director at the University of Maryland.
Duquesne University promoted Nicole Bucholtz to director of marketing and promotions.
Marquette University Athletic Director Larry Williams left the position.
Rutgers University hired Sarah Baumgartner as senior associate athletic director. Baumgartner was associate athletic director for development and men’s basketball supervisor at the University of Missouri.
Sonoma Raceway promoted Jennifer Imbimbo to senior manager of media and community relations.
The Oakland Raiders promoted Airikuh Anderson and Willie McHargue to directors of corporate sponsorship sales, Jason Andrea to manager of corporate sponsorship sales, Farnoush Ansari to director of client services and corporate partnerships, and Zoe Panayides, Ronan Baynes and David Manley to managers of client services for corporate partnerships.
The Columbus Blue Jackets promoted Carmelo Marzullo to season ticket service coordinator, Caitlin Reagan to partnership account specialist and Erica Ganyard to account executive.
Jackson Lewis named Gene Marsh Of Counsel.
GMR Marketing account executive Ward Gibson stepped down from the position to join an IT recruiting firm.
Octagon promoted John Shea to president of Octagon Marketing Americas, Arnold Wright, Lou Kovacs and Derek Aframe to executive vice president, and Mary Lobbestael, Andre Schunk and Kami Taylor to senior vice president.
Palace Sports & Entertainment named Jim Ross executive vice president of business operations and strategy. Ross was senior vice president of business development for the Cleveland Browns.
William Morris Endeavor named Peter Klein chief financial officer. Klein was chief financial officer at Microsoft.
NBC Universal named Mark Marshall senior vice president of portfolio sales. Marshall was senior vice president and national sales manager for Turner Broadcasting.
NASCAR promoted Michael Lynch to vice president of green innovation.
Penske Racing named David Hovis public relations manager for Team Penske IndyCar teams.
The NWSL Houston Dash named Brian Ching managing director and Tony DiCicco consultant.
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DHR International named Sean Scanlon executive vice president and global leader of its media and entertainment practice group. Scanlon was managing partner at Caldwell Partners.
STR Marketplace promoted Ray Adams to vice president of website development and technology and hired Sarah Marks as marketplace coordinator and Souriya Soukhaphanith as Web developer.
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The PGA European Tour named David Williams chairman.
Arsenal FC named Josh Kroenke non-executive director on its board of directors. Kroenke is president and governor of the Denver Nuggets, president of the Colorado Avalanche and alternate governor of the Colorado Rapids.
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The Super Bowl is the Black Friday of the football season for Las Vegas sports books, accounting for 15 percent to 20 percent of all NFL wagering for the year. Last year’s game generated a record handle of $98.9 million for Nevada books. Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports books for MGM Resorts International, went to work as a ticket writer at one of the casino chain’s Lake Tahoe properties 19 years ago. Today, he oversees betting lines on all events — including the Super Bowl.
The weather issue really has us concerned with this Super Bowl, because the prop angle is going to take on a whole different mentality.”
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Solutions?: We’re going to put up the nuts and bolts of the game and the props that go with that the week before, which is what I do typically anyway, and then player and situational props tend to go up seven or eight days before the game. This year, that might not be the case. We might have to wait until we’re four days out or so before we start releasing particular player yardage props.
On the ‘sharps’: Back in the day, you had a handful of props, and the sharps [professional gamblers] generally considered them gimmicks; sucker bets. They didn’t mess with them. They bet into the game itself, and their action got diluted heavily by the public. And it still does. In the game, the sharp handle is a small percentage of the handle. On an everyday weekend, the sharp handle is probably 30 to 40 percent. On the Super Bowl, it’s probably less than 15 percent. ... In the last five or six years, the sharps have gotten very interested in the props. They no longer think they’re a gimmick. They think it’s a massive opportunity to try and cart money out of the casino.
Super Bowl Sunday in the casinos: It’s like Friday at 5:30 at the bank, and everybody is trying to cash their paycheck. It’s an overwhelming sea of humanity that shows up. An hour before the game, we’ll have 25 windows open and 30 people in each line. It’s amazing how well our writers do in that high-pressure situation for the seven or eight hours before kickoff. It’s quite a spectacle.
— Bill King
What I Like …
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■ An insight: Don’t be afraid to surround yourself with really bright young people (or interns) and empower them. They will add huge value to your team, and you will learn more from them than they will from you.
■ An influential person in my career: Mark McCormack.
■ An out-of-the-box idea: Bringing HBO’s “24/7” series to professional tennis.
■ A timeless idea: Always make decisions based on a long-term view.
■ A business deal: Any deal where both parties walk away feeling that they’ve won.
■ A sports facility: Mackey Arena at Purdue University.
■ A sports event: Australian Open.
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■ A strategy: Professional tennis changing from a Western European/North American sport two decades ago into the most global sport in the world with expansion in Eastern Europe, China and throughout Asia. Also, NBA Cares is a great initiative.
■ A brand: Sugarpova.
■ A trend: Athletes moving beyond brand endorsement to running the business and having equity.
■ An innovation: Social media
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
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■ A hire: Larry Scott as the commissioner of the Pac-12.
■ A pro league or team business initiative: WTA’s aggressive expansion in China and Asia-Pacific.
■ A story that bears watching: Li Na’s effect on girls and women in China getting involved in sports.
■ An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: The Internet.
■ A fantasy job: Athletic director of Purdue University..
What I Like about …
■ Sports business: The people.
■ My job: Helping my clients build their brands and plan for life after tennis.
■ Sports: Sports is the best reality television.
■ Sports media: Their incredible passion for the game.
■ Competing: The highest form of competition is just as much heart and mental strength as it is talent and preparation.
■ Sports fans: Inheriting a passion for a team or a sport from your parents and grandparents and passing it on to future generations.
What I Would Like To …
■ Change in what I do: Travel less.
■ See more of in sports business: More women agents.
■ See less of in sports: Athletes celebrating after making average plays.
■ See less of in sports business: Agents with no vision beyond the fast dollar.
What I Don’t Like …
■ Pet peeve: Athletes who will not give credit to the opponent when they lose.
■ In sports: Politics.
■ In general: People that are overly happy.
■ In business: My job takes me away from my family.
What I Like …
■ That would surprise those who know me: I really enjoy cooking.
■ Above all else: My family and my clients.
■ About myself: I have a big heart. I also have a very strong work ethic.
■ Heroes: My parents.
■ Players: Michael Jordan and Glenn
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■ Teams: Purdue Boilermakers.
■ City: Melbourne.
■ Possession: My BlackBerry.
■ Memento: The pen that I used during the two weeks when Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in the summer of 2004.
■ Music: Counting Crows.
■ Magazine: ESPN The Magazine.
■ Website: TennisChannel.com.
■ Gadget: Samsung Note.
■ App: WhatsApp.
■ Hobby: Sleeping. (Between my job and my kids … it is truly a hobby).
■ Trip: The Rosewood Mayakoba in Mexico.
■ Movie: “Hoosiers.”
■ Food: Sushi.
■ Drink: Hoegaarden beer.
■ Car: Porsche.
■ Quote: “Don’t be afraid to out hustle your opponent.”