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Volume 24 No. 112

People and Pop Culture

The MLBPA promoted Chief Labor Counsel DAVE PROUTY to General Counsel, giving him the second largest role in the union behind Exec Dir MICHAEL WEINER. Weiner formerly held the General Counsel title himself. Sources said the shift is not tied to Weiner's ongoing battle against an inoperable brain tumor, and Weiner remains in the Exec Dir role. Prouty, 54, has been with the MLBPA since '08 and previously was with Unite Here, an int'l union representing clothing, textile, laundry, hotel and restaurant workers. Prouty is just the fourth individual to hold the MLBPA General Cousel role, following Weiner, DON FEHR and RICHARD MOSS (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).

EXECS: Kansas State Univ. Senior Associate AD & COO REID SIGMON was appointed CFO of the yet-to-be named organization that will oversee the college football playoff and national championship game. Sigmon joins BCS Exec Dir BILL HANCOCK and COO MICHAEL KELLY at the group's new HQs (, 2/5)....TaylorMade-adidas Golf promoted Managing Dir for Europe BEN SHARPE to Exec VP/adidas Golf & Ashworth (TaylorMade-adidas)....Glory Sports Int'l named former WWE Exec VP ANDREW WHITAKER Global CEO (Glory)....NBC Sports Group named indoorDirect President of Entertainment, Sales & Marketing STEVEN JUSTMAN NBC Sports Ventures VP/Sales (NBC Sports)....Premier Partnerships named Staples Center Premium Sales Account Exec CHRISTINA SHAFFER Corporate Partnerships Dir. Premier also promoted Marketing Services Manager ERIN PROBER to Marketing Services Dir and Marketing Services Assistant KAITLYN BEALE to Marketing Services Coordinator (THE DAILY)....MiLB promoted Team Relations & Sponsorship Development Manager MARY MARANDI to Senior Manager of Corporate Communications. MiLB also named GABE RENDON Sales & Account Coordinator (MiLB).

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USA TODAY's Steve Berkowitz reports Butler Univ. men's basketball coach BRAD STEVENS "made nearly" $1.2M during the '11 calendar year. The amount "includes bonus and incentive compensation, likely from the Bulldogs' second consecutive run to the NCAA tournament final." Butler, a private school, is not "required to disclose employment contracts" (USA TODAY, 2/6).

ON THE DOCKET:'s Dennis Dodd cited sources as saying that NCAA VP/Enforcement JULIE ROE LACH "approved a five-figure payment to the attorney of Miami booster NEVIN SHAPIRO in order to obtain information in its ongoing Miami infractions investigation." The sources said that Lach "discussed and approved the disbursement of at least $20,000" (, 2/5).

POLITICKING: PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday called Ravens coach JOHN HARBAUGH and GM OZZIE NEWSOME to "congratulate them for their Super Bowl" (, 2/5)....Obama today will nominate REI CEO SALLY JEWELL to head the Interior Department (WASHINGTON POST, 2/6)....Democratic National Committee Chair DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ will try to raise some cash for her leadership PAC, Democrats Win Seats, between Feb. 28 and March 2 during Spring Training games that weekend in Florida (, 2/5).

HEAVY HITTERS: NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL was "surrounded by an 'iron fence' of security at the Super Bowl -- as well as by Defense Secretary LEON PANETTA, New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE and Attorney General ERIC HOLDER in his box for Sunday's game." Also in the commissioner's box were Hollywood agent MIKE OVITZ, 9-year-old football player SAMANTHA GORDON, JACK and JACKIE HARBAUGH, Ohio State football coach URBAN MEYER and LSU coach LES MILES (N.Y. POST, 2/6)

NAMES: Rays investor RANDY FRANKEL will run up the Empire State Building for an “athletic challenge as well as a charity event” benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (, 2/5)....Toronto Star columnist DAVE PERKINS yesterday at the Ontario Sports HOF ceremony accepted the Sandy Hawley Award, presented each year to an individual who "best exemplifies dedication to the community" (TORONTO STAR, 2/6)....Mayor's Masters Reception Chair WAYNE HAWKINS said that this year's event will feature golfer CRAIG STADLER as the honored guest (, 2/5)....Basketball HOFer KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR has restarted his blog at the Huffington Post “after a three-year layoff.” His first entry was “a critique of the HBO series ‘Girls.’” Abdul-Jabbar in a follow-up entry wrote, “We should all be intently listening to voices of the next generation” (, 2/5)….Musician and director ROB ZOMBIE is creating a movie “about the Broad Street Bullies,” the Flyers teams that won the '74 and '75 Stanley Cup (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/6)….Heat F CHRIS BOSH has put up for lease his “resort-like place” in Pacific Palisades, Calif., for $45,000 per month. The home includes “six bedrooms and eight bathrooms within its nearly 11,000 square feet of living space” (, 2/5)....Fox NFL analyst MICHAEL STRAHAN has joined Centerplate as a Special Advisor for new business efforts and will act as a brand ambassador (Centerplate)….SUE PATERNO, the widow of late Penn State football coach JOE PATERNO, on Monday will give her first interview since the JERRY SANDUSKY child sexual abuse scandal, appearing on KATIE COURIC’s show “Katie” (, 2/5).