Fanatics hired RYAN DONOVAN from NBC Sports Group to be VP/Marketing. Donovan, who was VP/Marketing at Versus and later NBC Sports Network, is the third NBC Sports exec to move to Fanatics in the past 12 months. Former Versus President JAMIE DAVIS was named the company's President last April. In September, Davis brought over MEIER RAIVICH to head up PR. Raivich was VP/Communication at NBC Sports (John Ourand, THE DAILY).
STEVENSON STEPPING DOWN: Pac-12 Enterprises on Friday announced that network President GARY STEVENSON is stepping down, with Exec VP & GM LYDIA MURPHY-STEPHANS named his successor. Stevenson: "I think this is a good time for me to move on to my next adventure. I'm very proud of what we accomplished, a real first in college sports broadcasting." Murphy-Stephans has been with the net since its inception in '12, and worked in the industry since '86 (Pac-12).
EXECS: NYRA named NTRA Senior Dir of Media Relations ERIC WING Dir of Communications & Media Relations (NYRA)....The Univ. of Minnesota named MICHAEL HALLORAN Assistant AD/Development and CORRIE SEARS Assistant AD/Marketing (UM)....Niagara Univ. named SUNY-Brockport Assistant AD/Finance JESSICA WHEELER Associate AD/Internal Operations (Niagara)....The Univ. of South Dakota named interim AD DAVID HERBSTER AD (USD).
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