Mandalay Baseball Properties CEO ART MATIN has been named Chair of Minor League Baseball's online cooperative, Baseball Internet Rights Co. (BIRCO). Matin succeeds FRANK BURKE, owner of the Double-A Southern League Chattanooga Lookouts, who played a key role in the formation of the digital rights holding company. Matin, who has been on the BIRCO board as a Class AA representative, will essentially trade roles with Burke, who moves to Matin's prior classification position (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).
EXECS: MSG has hired Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Senior VP & GM of Arena Operations ALEX DIAZ as Senior VP & GM for MSG arena. Diaz, who previously oversaw development of Barclays Center, will be responsible for overseeing all facility operations for MSG, the Theater at MSG and the MSG Training Center (MSG)....St. John's Univ. has hired Coca-Cola Sports Marketing Manager ED KULL as Dir of Development for Men's Basketball (THE DAILY)....BOB KENDRICK Thursday was officially introduced as President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (K.C. STAR, 3/25)....WPS Dir of Communications & Broadcast Relations ROBERT PENNER is leaving the league to become Head of Global TV Distribution & U.S. Media Relations for the '11-12 Volvo Ocean Race, effective April 4. Penner will be based in Alicante, Spain (THE DAILY)....Volcom, Inc. has hired Firewire Surfboards Limited co-Founder & Dir DOUGALL WALKER as CEO of Volcom Australia, replacing JOHN CLAPHAM (Volcom)....Charlotte Collegiate Football has hired ANGELA BUTLER as Dir of Ticket Operations. Butler previously worked in ticket operations for Charlotte Motor Speedway (Raycom Sports)....Quicken Loans Arena has hired Aramark Sports & Entertainment Regional Dir of Facility Services BRIAN MILNER as Dir of Housekeeping (Cavaliers)....The Professional Hockey Players' Association has hired SIMON FRECHETTE as Dir of Player Relations for the ECHL (PHPA).
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