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Volume 24 No. 133

People and Pop Culture

The MLS Galaxy yesterday promoted VP CHRIS KLEIN to President. Klein previously served as the Senior Dir of the Galaxy Academy before taking on the role of VP in February '12 (Galaxy).'s Paul Kennedy wrote Klein was "one of the key figures in the MLS Players Union during its negotiations with MLS over a collective bargaining agreement," but he now "sits on the other side of the table." In a little more than two years since his retirement as a player, he has "quickly moved up the corporate ladder." A certified financial planner, Klein was "known for helping advise young teammates on how to handle their finances." He will now work "closely" with new AEG COO KELLY CHEESEMAN while continuing to oversee the business operations of the club (, 1/28).

UNITED WE STAND: DC United yesterday promoted CFO MICHAEL WILLIAMSON to COO & CFO and Senior VP/Marketing Communications DOUG HICKS to CMO. The club also named Foreign Policy magazine VP & Associate Publisher MIKE SCHOENBRUN VP/Business Development & Partnerships. Meanwhile, the club announced that JOSH COHEN (ticket operations), AMANDA FARINA (marketing), REBECCA PAYNE (digital media), ANDREW SKORUPSKI (finance), ROY TEWELL (ticket sales) and RYAN TRONOVITCH (media relations) have assumed roles as department leads (DC United). In DC, Steven Goff noted the club "decided not to fill" the roles held by former President & CEO KEVIN PAYNE, who left in November to become Toronto FC President. Goff noted the front office has "undergone considerable change since" club investor JASON LEVIEN partnered with ERICK THOHIR and WILL CHANG. In addition to the exits of Payne and former Exec VP STEPHEN ZACK, "several employees in ticketing, marketing and communications were dismissed" (, 1/28).

Saints GM MICKEY LOOMIS signed a five-year contract extension in August (, 1/28)....The Lions named former Broncos GM BRIAN XANDERS Senior Personnel Exec (, 1/28)....The Browns promoted General Counsel FRED NANCE to Senior Adviser & Special Counsel (, 1/28)....The N.Y. Times promoted Deputy Sports Editor JASON STALLMAN to Sports Editor. He replaces JOE SEXTON, who announced last week he was moving to ProPublica (N.Y. TIMES, 1/29)....Utah Valley Univ. AD MIKE JACOBSEN will retire after 29 years at the school (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/29)....Golf Canada 1st VP MIKE CARROLL will begin a one-year term as President on Feb. 9 (VANCOUVER SUN, 1/29)....The Univ. of Oklahoma's Sooner Sports TV yesterday named FS K.C. Producer T.J. MCGINNIS Senior Producer (OU).

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In Birmingham, Jon Solomon reported if the ED O'BANNON antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over use of college athletes’ names and likenesses “ever produces a payoff, there’s already a framework for players to collect NCAA revenue through a high-profile mediator.” Attorney KEN FEINBERG is “part of a registered organization” called the Former College Athletes Association (FCAA). Also on the FCAA BOD is former Nike, adidas and Reebok exec SONNY VACCARO and National College Players Association Founder & President RAMOGI HUMA. A former O’Bannon attorney “claims the FCAA is a potential ‘revenue stream’” for the DC law firm representing the plaintiffs. But Vaccaro and Huma said that “that’s not the case” (, 1/28).

ROSTER CUT: Athletes for Hope, a six-year-old charity co-founded by LANCE ARMSTRONG, said that it has “dropped" the former cyclist. The group “took down Armstrong’s photo from its website" after his Jan. 17 interview with OPRAH WINFREY “in which he admitted doping.” Athletes for Hope was launched in '07 as a collaboration between Armstrong, tennis HOFer ANDRE AGASSI and former soccer player MIA HAMM. The charity “wasn’t created to address any single problem, but to encourage professional and Olympic athletes to learn about and connect with existing charities rather than establishing their own foundations, which often carry wasteful overhead” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/28).

TAKING IT TO THE TOP: Bulls F LUOL DENG has written to U.K. Prime Minister DAVID CAMERON “pleading for UK Sport to restore” funding for British basketball. The sport “discovered last month it will receive zero funding in the run-up to” the ’16 Rio Olympics, a cut of US$13.4M “compared to the London 2012 cycle.” British basketball “will meet” with U.K. Sport tomorrow “to ask for it to reconsider" (PA, 1/28).

SHOWTIME: Lakers F METTA WORLD PEACE is “shopping a sports-themed hidden-camera prank series” called “Metta World Pranks.” The show will feature Metta World Peace and other pro athletes “playing pranks on one another -- including their family members, friends, spouses and fans” (, 1/28)....Rockets G JEREMY LIN missed most of a showing of “Linsanity: The Movie” at the Sundance Film Festival when the Rockets’ charter flight to Salt Lake City on Sunday was “diverted” because of a snowstorm. Lin arrived “in time to see only the end of the documentary about his rise from obscurity to international celebrity and NBA success” (, 1/28)....Lions DT NDAMUKONG SUH “helped rescue” comedian LOUIE ANDERSON from a pool during filming for the celebrity diving reality show “Splash” (, 1/28).

NAMES: named Colts GM RYAN GRIGSON its NFL Exec of the Year. He “edged” Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations JOHN ELWAY (, 1/28)....Multichannel News named WWE Exec VP/Creative STEPHANIE MCMAHON and MLB Senior VP/Operations & Engineering SUSAN STONE as two of its “Women to Watch” (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 1/28, issue)….Golden Boy Promotions yesterday signed boxer LAMONT PETERSON to a contract (, 1/28)....DESTINY'S CHILD group member MICHELLE WILLIAMS "shot down rumors of a possible reunion" during the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show with featured performer BEYONCE (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/28)….Country group ZAC BROWN BAND will perform at the Daytona 500 pre-race on Feb. 24 (DIS)....Pro Football HOFer JOE MONTANA’s 1,067-square-foot, one bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom townhouse in S.F. is “up for rent for $5,000 a month” (, 1/28).