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Volume 24 No. 116

People and Pop Culture

The Cavaliers named Fox Sports Digital Media Dir of Product & Technology MIKE CONLEY VP/Digital, replacing MIKE MALESKI, who left the team on May 2. Conley will begin on July 1 and report to Chief Revenue Officer BRAD SIMS. Prior to Fox Sports Digital, Conley was FS Ohio Digital Content Manager. Another new hire for the Cavs includes former Bobcats VP/Communications B.J. EVANS being named Dir of Basketball Communications, replacing GARAN NARAIN, who left last year to work for the Hawks. Other front office changes for the Cavs include the departure of Dir of Analytics SEZIN AKSOY and the promotion of KEVIN O’TOOLE to Senior Dir of Business Intelligence. As part of a restructuring, O’Toole will become the head the team’s business intelligence group, which now includes the database and analytics units (John Lombardo, Staff Writer).

EXECS: Raptors President BRYAN COLANGELO has stepped down from his position and will become a consultant for the team and MLSE (Raptors)....Fenway Sports Management named JENNIFER FLYNN General Counsel. She will continue to serve as Red Sox Senior VP & Assistant General Counsel (FSM)....Northern Kentucky Univ. named Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay AD KEN BOTHOF to the same position (, 6/26)....Washington State Univ. named RYAN DONCKERS Cougar Athletic Fund Regional Dir of Spokane Operations (WSU)....The Univ. of Oregon named Univ. of Louisville Associate AD/Compliance JODY SYKES Senior Associate AD & Chief Compliance Officer, effective July 29 (UO)....The Univ. of California-Berkeley named UCLA Senior Associate AD & CFO DAVID SECOR to the same position (Cal)....The Univ. of Arkansas named Florida Gulf Coast Univ. SID PATRICK PIERSON Associate Media Relations Dir (Arkansas)....The Louisville Sports Commission named PNC Bank Senior VP MICHAEL MOLL BOD Chair. He will serve in the role for a year, beginning July 1 (, 6/26).

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Florida state Sen. RENE GARCIA yesterday released a letter sent to Dolphins Owner STEPHEN ROSS "blasting him for a 'reprehensible and condemnable' series of direct-mail attacks on lawmakers, requesting a public apology and promising retribution in the 2014 legislative session in Tallahassee." The "hard-hitting Ross mailers were in retaliation for those legislators' votes in opposition to a bill that would have authorized a county-wide referendum on a tax break for improvements at SunLife Stadium" (, 6/26).

NAMES: Univ. of Tennessee officials yesterday formally announced plans to "build a plaza on campus" honoring women’s basketball coach emeritus PAT SUMMITT, "including a bronze statue" in her likeness. UT AD DAVE HART said that he "hoped it would be completed in time to have a dedication ceremony later this year" (AP, 6/26)....A new book by author MARK SALTVEIT titled, "THE TAO OF CHIP KELLY: LESSONS FROM AMERICA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL COACH” was published on Saturday. The book is “unabashedly complimentary -- and its title is a bit of a stretch,” but author Saltveit “lays out a clear picture of how Kelly operates” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/23)....ESPN's STUART SCOTT last weekend was named the recipient of the inaugural Beachbody Challenge Inspiration Award (Beachbody)....Blackhawks C JONATHAN TOEWS is “under contract to sell his three-bedroom, 32nd-floor condo unit in the Lakeshore East neighborhood, which is listed for” $1.7M (, 6/26).