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Volume 24 No. 156

People and Pop Culture

NBA CFO CAROL SAWDYE is leaving the league on Oct. 16 to rejoin PricewaterhouseCoopers as Vice Chair & CFO of the accounting firm. Sawdye joined the NBA in June ‘10 after working for the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom law firm as COO. Prior to her job at Skappen Arps, she spent 17 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. BOB CRIQUI, former NBA CFO and current President of Administration for the league, will take over Sawdye’s responsibilities on an interim basis (John Lombardo, SportsBusiness Journal).

TONY THE TIGER: The 76ers yesterday formally introduced GM TONY DILEO, who has “held about every position with the Sixers” during 23 years with the team. 76ers President ROD THORN “has only one year left on his contract and has a provision that will allow him to become a consultant after his deal expires.” DiLeo will “likely assume both roles” once the ’12-13 season ends. DiLeo: “I’ll be the one leading the organization after Rod goes to a consulting job” (AP, 9/24).

EXECS: The WTA named PGA Tour Creative Dir JOHN LEARING VP/Broadcast (THE DAILY)….The Collegiate Licensing Co. named IMG Academies VP/Business Development ODIS LLOYD to the same position and G-III Apparel Sports Division Senior Dir of Sales GARY DUBIEL VP/Retail Development (CLC)….The Clippers named ERIC MILLER Dir of Basketball Administration and promoted Scouting Coordinator JASON PIOMBETTI to Dir of Scouting (, 9/24)....Event retailer and online merchandiser Maingate named MARK HIGDON Dir of Marketing (Maingate)….Hockey Calgary President TODD MILLAR “has apparently resigned after calling parents who favoured bodychecking in pee wee hockey ‘morons.’” He used the word “multiple times in a personal blog he wrote five months ago.” Millar is “believed to have sent a resignation letter” to Hockey Calgary’s BOD resigning from the volunteer post (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/24).

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In Seattle, Jerry Brewer profiles Force 10 Hoops Chair & Managing Partner DAWN TRUDEAU, whose company owns and operates the WNBA Seattle Storm. She “sets the metrics for judging the Storm’s business, and she’s the part-owner who takes the closest look at how the franchise functions from end to end.” The former Microsoft exec is “learning the nuances of sports business, and she’s doing it in her typical fashion: feeding the expectations of instant gratification in a competitive arena while absorbing practical lessons.” If Trudeau “figures out how to make the Storm a financial success, it just might be her capstone achievement” (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/25).

OLYMPIAN EFFORTS: Retired Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS sold his condo in the Fells Point area of Baltimore for $1.25M. Phelps in '07 bought the residence for $1.69M (, 9/24)….Gold medal-winning U.S. swimmer RYAN LOCHTE attended Sunday’s Jets-Dolphins game, spending most of the game at Sun Life Stadium’s Club LIV. A source said Lochte spent “all night” partying at the club, and had an “instant bromance” with reality TV star MIKE “THE SITUATION” SORRENTINO (MIAMI HERALD, 9/24)….Gold medal-winning U.S. beach volleyball player KERRI WALSH JENNINGS “was five weeks pregnant” during this summer's London Games. Walsh Jennings’ third child with husband CASEY JENNINGS is due April 9 (, 9/24).

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION: NASCAR Chair & CEO BRIAN FRANCE today will be in a North Carolina appeals court seeking to “keep the public out of hearings and documents related to a battle with his ex-wife over their high-dollar divorce settlement” (AP, 9/25)….The Baltimore City Council yesterday approved a deal in which the city will sell up to $35M in bonds to “fund infrastructure projects under Under Armour’s Tide Point headquarters.” UA officials “sought the city’s support as they planned to double the size” of the campus. In the project’s first phase, “expected to complete next year, the company plans to build an 80,000-square-foot office building and a retail outlet” (Baltimore SUN, 9/25).

NAMES: Cowboys QB TONY ROMO “has switched agents.” Romo left KEN KRAMER and signed with CAA’s R.J. GONSER (, 9/24)….N.Y. Times columnist JOE NOCERA is “working on a book about college sports and the NCAA.” Penguin Group’s Portfolio imprint yesterday announced that Nocera’s book, “currently untitled, is scheduled for 2014.” It will “cover the Penn State scandal and academics for college athletics among other controversies” (AP, 9/24)….USADA CEO TRAVIS TYGART yesterday told French publication L’Equipe “that he received three death threats as he was conducting the LANCE ARMSTRONG doping investigation” (, 9/24)….Former Reebok CEO PAUL FIREMAN next week is hosting a $2,500-per-person reception at his home in Chestnut Hill, Mass., for MITT ROMNEY and running mate PAUL RYAN. Meanwhile, Patriots President JONATHAN KRAFT will host a $75,000-a-plate dinner for Romney and Ryan (, 9/21).

IN MEMORY: AP reporter MARY FOSTER passed away yesterday at the age of 68 following complications from cancer that was diagnosed earlier this year. Foster joined the AP’s New Orleans bureau in ’88 and started covering Louisiana sports for the AP in ’92 (AP, 9/24).