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Volume 24 No. 112

People and Pop Culture

The Blues promoted Exec VP/Hockey Operations DOUG ARMSTRONG to President of Hockey Operations & GM and named BRUCE AFFLECK President of Business Operations. Affleck has served the Blues in multiple positions over a 37-year period (Blues)....NASCAR named GRAND-AM team 8Star Motorsports Marketing & Communications Dir DAVID HART Dir of Int'l Motor Sports Association Communications. Hart will be based out of IMSA's Daytona Beach, Fla., HQs. NASCAR also promoted NATE SIEBENS to Senior Manager of IMSA Communications (NASCAR)....The Univ. of Wisconsin named former Louisiana Tech AD BRUCE VAN DE VELDE Senior Associate AD. He began his duties on Aug. 29 (UW)....The Orioles added three members to their Sarasota Spring Training staff, naming AMY TUTEN Manager of Sponsorship Sales, KIRSTEN LADENDORF Manager of Catering and Suites and SCOTT MOUDRY Manager of Ticket Operations. In addition, the team promoted TREVOR MARKHAM to Dir of Operations (Orioles)....Princeton Univ. AD GARY WALTERS announced he will "step down at the end of the 2013-14 academic year after running the Ivy League school's program for two decades" (, 9/4)....Wizards Dir of College Scouting MIKE WILSON is "the latest to join the exodus from Washington after accepting a player personnel position" with the Mavericks (, 9/4).

Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to's Dan Rafael reported boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. "will earn a guaranteed purse" of $41.5M for his fight on Sept. 14 against CANELO ALVAREZ at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions CEO RICHARD SCHAEFER and Mayweather Promotions CEO LEONARD ELLERBE made the announcement yesterday. The purse "shatters the previous record" of $32M, which Mayweather set for his May '12 fight with MIGUEL COTTO and then tied for a May '13 fight against ROBERT GUERRERO. Mayweather's take for the Alvarez fight "could wind up even greater" than $41.5M. This can happen "if the pay-per-view, which some believe can challenge the all-time buy record of 2.44 million and revenue record of more than $130 million that Mayweather and OSCAR DE LA HOYA set for their 2007 showdown, goes through the roof and there is still profit after Showtime/CBS makes it into the black" (, 9/4).

PAY CHECK: USA TODAY's Steve Berkowitz cites tax records as showing that Northwestern football coach PAT FITZGERALD was "credited with more than" $2.2M in compensation during the '11 calendar year. That figure is nearly $1M more than he was reported as making in '10, and the "differential is almost entirely in base pay." This is the "first time since 2005 that Northwestern's tax return has shown a coach to be the highest-paid employee of the university and its related organizations." Fitzgerald's pay includes $1,972,041 in base pay and $82,500 in bonus and incentive compensation (USA TODAY, 9/5).

COURT REPORT: Lawyers for Canucks co-Owner & Chair FRANCESCO AQUILINI in his divorce case said that they have "applied to court for orders protecting the confidentiality of his family and commercial interests." Aquilini also owns Rogers Arena. The trial is scheduled to start on Monday in B.C. Supreme Court (VANCOUVER SUN, 9/5). Aquilini's case is "expected to draw much public attention." Aquilini wrote on his Twitter account, "I am requesting this order to protect my children. During this trial, protecting my five children will be at the heart of everything I do relating to both custodial and financial matters" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 9/5).

: Community service and education project Service Learning Adventures in North Texas (SLANT), which was created in '09 by the Super Bowl XLV host committee "as its signature charitable effort," is "being adopted by the NCAA and local organizers" for the '14 Final Four, which also will be played at AT&T Stadium. Students as part of the project "will help turn unused temporary buildings into a community center" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/5).

NAMES: Canada Prime Minister STEPHEN HARPER's book "A GREAT GAME: THE FORGOTTEN LEAFS AND THE RISE OF PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY," will be released on Nov. 5 in Canada and the U.S. by Simon & Schuster (REUTERS, 9/4)....Wizards G JOHN WALL "closed two weeks ago" for $4.9M on an "eight bedroom, 12 bath, 17,350 sq. ft. mansion just outside the Beltway" in Potomac, Md. (, 9/4)....Georgia Tech AD MIKE BOBINSKI threw out the first pitch of yesterday's Mets-Braves game at Turner Field (THE DAILY).