MLS Fire President JULIAN POSADA is "out" after two years on the job. Posada will "serve as a team consultant in 2013." Fire COO ATUL KHOSLA will "continue overseeing the day-to-day business operations" while Andell Sports Group Managing Dir JAVIER LEON, whose company owns the team, will "run the club's soccer operations" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/20). Owner ANDREW HAUPTMAN said that Posada's responsibilities will be "divided" between Kholsa and Leon (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 12/19).
EXECS: The Triple-A Pacific Coast League Round Rock Express named JILL CACIC Communications Dir, STUART SCALLY Senior Account Exec, COREY WOODS Dell Diamond Stadium Maintenance Manager, JULIANA BENAVIDES and LINDSEY GORDON Account Execs and WHITNEY RHODEN Marketing Coordinator (Round Rock Express)....The WTA promoted Chief Administrative Officer MATTHEW CENEDELLA to COO, Senior Dir of Player Relations & Player Development ASHLEY KEBER to VP/Player Relations & Player Development, Dir of Sponsorship Marketing EMILY WRIGHT to Senior Dir of Sponsorship Marketing, MELISSA PINE to WTA Events Dir and trainer EVA SCHEUMANN to Sports Sciences & Medicine Operations Manager (WTA)....Firestone announced Exec Dir of Motorsports AL SPEYER will "retire from his post" in '13 (SPEEDTV.com, 12/18).
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In Philadelphia, Jeremy Roebuck reports Penn State Univ.'s former outside counsel law firm “rejected this week the notion that it bore any responsibility for the alleged sexual abuse a 22-year-old Harrisburg man says he endured at JERRY SANDUSKY's hands.” The State College-based firm McQuaide Blasko “asked to be removed as a defendant in the man's lawsuit, calling his story ‘a virtually incomprehensible rant.’" The accuser’s claim against the law firm “stems from allegations that it handled prior reports of abuse against the former coach for the university and therefore could have stopped the purported 2005 pool incident” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/20).
AWARDS & RECOGNITION: The Connecticut Women’s Basketball HOF named WNBA Storm co-Owner LISA BRUMMEL to its ’13 induction class, to be honored in April (SEATTLETIMES.com, 12/17)….The Nevada Boxing HOF revealed its inaugural class of 19 inductees, including MIKE TYSON, OSCAR DE LA HOYA and SUGAR RAY LEONARD. Other inductees include boxers MIKE MCCALLUM, DIEGO CORRALES, LARRY HOLMES and JULIO CAESAR CHAVEZ; trainers EDDIE FUTCH and FREDDIE ROACH; officials MILLS LANE and JOE CORTEZ; media members AL BERNSTEIN and ROYCE FEOUR; promoters BOB ARUM and DON KING; execs MARC RATNER and JAMES NAVE; and special contributors SIG ROGICH and KIRK KERKORIAN (LASVEGASSUN.com, 12/19)….USA Basketball named MIKE KRZYZEWSKI and GENO AURIEMMA coaches of the year after leading the U.S. teams to Gold Medals at the London Games (AP, 12/19)….The Sacramento Business Journal named NBA Kings Senior VP/Sales & Marketing JEFF DAVID to its “40 Under 40” list (Kings).
CHARITY STRIPE: Heat G DWYANE WADE’s mom, JOLINDA, plans to raise “more than $650,000 for the initial 100-home project” by Food for the Poor in Haiti. She hopes the contributions come “partly from fellow clergy and fellow National Basketball Association moms” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 12/20)….Red Wings scout KIRK MALTBY and radio play-by-play announcer KEN KAL, along with a “handful of public relations employees, helped bag hay and accept food donations” for the Michigan Humane Society that will “be distributed to local pet owners of low-income families” (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 12/20)….The '72 Lakers championship team on Dec. 8 raised “$150,000 to benefit the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation” and its inner-city outreach program Team to Win (LATIMES.com, 12/19).
NAMES: MVP Sports Group Owner DAN LOZANO hired TWC Sports Management agent JEFF RANDAZZO as a baseball agent (THE DAILY)….Bears DE ISRAEL IDONIJE and his business partner ALAIN NJIKE are “being sued for allegedly owing more than $94,000 in rent and other expenses for their now-shuttered” restaurant in the Chicago area (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 12/19)….Rapper RICK ROSS last night attended the Warriors-Kings game, where he was “presented with a black Kings jersey with No. 28 and ‘Ross’ on the back.” Ross watched the game in seats “usually occupied by” Kings co-Owners JOE and GAVIN MALOOF (SACRAMENTO BEE, 12/20)….GQ magazine’s list of “The 25 Most Stylish Men of 2012” includes Thunder G RUSSELL WESTBROOK at No. 24 (GQ, 12/’12 issue)….Jets QB TIM TEBOW is “a free agent” after his “split from” girlfriend CAMILLA BELLE (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/20)….Rays President MATT SILVERMAN paid $1.5M this month for a 3,505-square-foot home in St. Petersburg described as a “Tuscan Mediterranean masterpiece” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 12/20).
The entry period for the 2013 SPORTS BUSINESS AWARDS is open. We are accepting entries through Friday, January 11.
We’re looking for the year’s best in 15 categories, including:
To see the full list of categories and submit an entry, go to www.sports-business-awards.com.