The Minneapolis Star Tribune's LAVELLE NEAL III "has become the first black reporter to head the Baseball Writers' Association of America," succeeding the S.F. Chronicle's SUSAN SLUSSER. The Houston Chronicle's JOSE DE JESUS ORTIZ was "elected vice president, putting him in line to become president next October (AP, 10/26).
EXECS: The Marlins "quietly gave three-year extensions" to President of Baseball Operations MICHAEL HILL and GM DAN JENNINGS through '18 (MIAMI HERALD, 10/27)....Univ. of Tennessee-Martin AD PHIL DANE is "retiring Dec. 31 after 34 years in the department and 13 as boss" (TENNESSEAN.com, 10/27)....BILL BRADY's term as Nevada Athletic Commission Chair "ends Thursday, and FRANCISCO AGUILAR is expected to take over" (REVIEWJOURNAL.com, 10/27)....The British Basketball Association named Washington Sports & Entertainment Exec VP MATT WILLIAMS Dir of Basketball Operations. Williams served as WS&E Exec Committee Chair, and oversaw day-to-day operations of Verizon Center, the Wizards and the DC-area Ticketmaster regional franchise (BBA)....Indianapolis Motor Speedway Senior VP, Chief Strategy Officer & CMO MIKE REDLICK has left IMS to join the UCF DeVos Sport Business Management Program as Dir of External Affairs & Partnership Relations (THE DAILY).
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