DON BEAVER, who is leading a group to bring an MLB team
to NC, named TIM NEWMAN VP for both North Carolina Major
League Baseball, LLC and Beaver Sports Properties. Newman
comes from NC-based Wachovia Bank where he served as a
Public Finance Banker and where he helped develop the bank's
sports facilities finance practice (Beaver Sports).
TBS named ALAN SMITH as Dir of Sports Marketing. Smith
comes from Nucleus Sports Marketing Group where he was
Managing Partner (TBS)....The NHL Nashville expansion team
named SCOTT LOFT as Dir of Ticket Sales and HOLLY CONNER as
Manager of Special Projects (NHL Nashville)....SHELLEY
THOMAS has joined the SLOC as Senior VP/Olympic Public-
Communications. Thomas has been VP/Public Affairs for
Smith's Food & Drug Centers (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 10/28).
...JEFF BLAIR has joined the Toronto Globe & Mail's Quebec
bureau as a national sports correspondent. Blair will work
out of Montreal where he previously covered the Expos for
the Montreal Gazette (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/29).
Bucs Owner MALCOLM GLAZER has donated $75,000 to the
Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Glazer also pledged $7,500 to
the Commission for each game the team wins over the next 30
years. The pledge includes regular-season games and the
amount could increase to $100,000 a year. The total amount
of the donation could reach $3M (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/28)...
...JEFF GORDON appeared on the "Tonight Show" last night.
Gordon, who drove the limousine provided by the show on his
way to the studio: "I just can't ride in the back seat. I
get carsick if I'm in the back seat. I'm too used to
driving all the time" ("Tonight Show," NBC, 10/28)....MIKE
HAYNES was honored at halftime of the Broncos-Patriots game
on Monday night. Haynes is now a Licensing Manager for
Callaway Golf (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/28)....Lakers Exec VP JERRY
WEST is interviewed in the L.A. TIMES. West: "It amazes me
sometimes when I hear other people talking about our blase
fans. We have good fans. But one thing that we've done,
we've been competing against ourselves, and that's awfully
hard to do sometimes" (L.A. TIMES, 10/29)....REGGIE JACKSON
is suing Upper Deck Co. claiming the company failed to pay
him for his work from '93-96 (USA TODAY, 10/29)....Houston
Mayoral Candidate LEE BROWN refunded a $10,000 campaign
contribution Tuesday from a PAC that Rockets Owner LES
ALEXANDER "had used to exceed the $5,000 limit on individual
donations" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/29).