The Twins announced the following promotions: Assistant GM ROB ANTONY to VP & Assistant GM; Senior Dir of Ticket Sales & Service MIKE CLOUGH to VP/Ticket Sales & Service; Senior Dir of Ticket Operations PAUL FROEHLE to VP/Ticket Operations; Senior Dir of Brand Marketing NANCY O'BRIEN to VP/Brand Marketing; DAN STARKEY to Senior Dir of Ballpark Development; SEAN HARLIN to Dir of Major League Video; CHRIS ILES to Dir of Corporate & Digital Communications; SAM HENSCHEN to Senior Manager of Twins Productions; BRANDON JOHNSON to Senior Manager of Business Intelligence & Analytics; and DANA MINION to Senior Manager of Ballpark Maintenance (Twins).
EXECS: The Bobcats hired KYLE CADDELL as their new VP/Marketing & Partnerships. Caddell, a former NFL Panthers exec, replaces DAVE BECK, who left the Bobcats about a month ago after six months on the job. Caddell started his new position Monday and reports to Bobcats Senior VP/Ticket Sales & Sponsorships FLAVIL HAMPSTEN (Don Muret, Staff Writer)....The K.C. Sports Commission & Foundation named Burns & McDonnell Business Development Manager LISA DIVEN Dir of the Women's Intersport Network for K.C. (BIZJOURNALS.com, 12/18)....Jackson Lewis P.C. named Univ. of Alabama School of Law Professor Emeritus GENE MARSH Of Counsel in its Birmingham office (Jackson Lewis).
Canada Prime Minister STEPHEN HARPER "won't go to Sochi but not because of gay rights or Russian homophobia." Harper's Dir of Communications JASON MACDONALD said, "He normally does not attend; Vancouver was an exception" (GLOBE & MAIL, 12/18). Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Bonnie Ford notes PRESIDENT OBAMA named tennis HOFer BILLIE JEAN KING to the U.S. delegation for Sochi, and wrote King is "probably the most visible gay figure in all of sport." Her presence will "mean more than the president's absence." It is a "symbolic body shot to the Russian legislation that subjects its gay citizens to humiliation and abuse" (ESPN.com, 12/18). In S.F., Ann Killion writes under the header, "Billie Jean King An Ideal Gay U.S. Envoy To Sochi" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/19).
HELPING HANDS: Patriots coach BILL BELICHICK yesterday formally announced the launch of the Bill Belichick Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to "provide coaching, mentorship, and financial assistance to individuals, communities and organizations with a focus on the sports of football and lacrosse" (WEEI.com, 12/18)....Former NHLer STEVE MOORE yesterday announced the launch of the Steve Moore Foundation. It is a Canadian Revenue Agency-approved charity that will be "focused on the prevention and treatment of concussion and similar serious head and neck injuries in sport." Moore said that one of the foundation's missions is to "be a source or a clearinghouse for information" (DENVER POST, 12/19)....Astros Ps JARRED COSART, BRETT OBERHOLTZER and JOSH ZEID yesterday "handed out snacks and gifts" to children at the Ronald McDonald House Houston (CHRON.com, 12/18)....Sabres C STEVE OTT and teammates spent yesterday afternoon at Buffalo's Women's & Children's Hospital (BUFFALO NEWS, 12/19)....Texas Motor Speedway Charities this week donated $500,000 to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/19).
NAMES: Attorney KATHERINE HARVEY-LEE said that an agreement "has been reached" to pay $5.8M to the families of eight people killed and 12 injured in a California 200 desert off-road race crash in '10. Harvey-Lee said that the agreement "still must be approved" by the DOJ (AP, 12/18)....Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN and his wife, YVETTE PRIETO, "are expecting twins -- identical twin girls" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 12/18)....Despite a "recent attempted auction of his 56,000-square-foot Highland Park mansion that failed to find a bidder at his minimum reserve price" of $13M, Michael Jordan is "relisting the mansion and 7-acre property" for $16M (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 12/18)....Rays 3B EVAN LONGORIA has "invested in Ducky's Sports Lounge" in Tampa (TAMPABAY.com, 12/18).