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Volume 24 No. 157
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Executive Transactions

Nike named Umbro President & CEO MICHAEL SPILLANE VP & GM of its greater China region, effective in June. Spillane replaces CRAIG CHEEK, who was named VP & GM of Nike's Young Athletes, where he will "oversee strategy and drive growth supporting the company's key categories" (Portland OREGONIAN, 5/2)....Apparel company E.Land formed a new global exec team to oversee K-Swiss, with which it just completed its merger. E.Land named TRUMAN KIM Chair, LARRY REMINGTON President & CEO, BARNEY WATERS CMO and WIM TUIJL Europe Managing Dir. Incumbent COO ED FLORA will remain in his position. Remington replaces former K-Swiss CEO STEVEN NICHOLS and former President DAVID NICHOLS (THE DAILY).

SCOUTING REPORT: The 49ers promoted JOEL PATTEN to Player Personnel Dir, MATT MALASPINA to College Scouting Dir, MIKE WILLIAMS to Pro Personnel Dir, JUSTIN CHABOT to National Scout, STEVE RUBIO to Regional Scout and JOSH WILLIAMS to Pro Personnel Scout (49ers)....The NFL Jets will "not renew the contracts" of Assistant College Scouting Dir MICHAEL DAVIS and Area Scout JOE BOMMARITO (N.Y. POST, 5/2)....The Broncos will not renew the contract of Pro Personnel Dir KEITH KIDD (DENVER POST, 5/2)....Former Colts VP & GM CHRIS POLIAN will "be a scouting director of some sort" for the Jaguars, and will "serve as one of [GM] DAVE CALDWELL's top lieutenants" (, 5/1)....The Browns yesterday "fired" College Scouting Dir JOHN SPYTEK and pro scouts A.J. DURSO and TOM HEADLEE (, 5/1).

EXECS: USA Water Polo promoted JAMES CALLAHAN to CFO, GREG MESCALL to Communications Dir and CAROLINE ACOSTA to Marketing Manager (USA Water Polo)....One World Sports named NESN Exec VP/Programming & Producer JOEL FELD Senior VP/Production & Exec Producer and CloudBurstTV CFO RICARDO VENEGAS CFO (One World Sports)....Western Illinois Univ. named Univ. of South Carolina compliance intern JULIE GIBBES Dir of Compliance (WIU)....Manhattan College named New York Health & Racquet Club Communications Manager PETE MCHUGH Assistant AD/Athletics Communications (Manhattan)....Satellite communications outfit ViaSat Inc. has added MLBAM President & CEO BOB BOWMAN to its BOD. Bowman is also a Dir of Take-Two Interactive Software and is President of the Michigan Education Trust (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).

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