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Volume 24 No. 116

People and Pop Culture

Elway adds the GM position to his title as part of his three-year contract extension
The Broncos have signed Exec VP/Football Operations JOHN ELWAY to a three-year contract extension through the ’17 season. As part of the deal, Elway has added the GM position to his title (Broncos). In Denver, Mike Klis notes Elway was “entering the final year on the original contract" he signed with Broncos owner PAT BOWLEN in January '11. Broncos President JOE ELLIS “ripped up the final year of Elway's old contract” and gave him a new four-year deal. Ellis said, “It seemed like not a very hard decision to make. Whatever learning curve there was for John Elway, it didn't last very long." He added, “We think it solidifies his standing across the league and emphasizes he oversees everything as it has to do with Broncos football” (DENVER POST, 2/13). Also in Denver, Benjamin Hochman wrote under the header, “John Elway The Executive Outpacing Elway The Player So Far For Broncos.” Broncos fans will “surely high-five to this news,” but they “must also hold him accountable in the coming seasons, regardless that he's No. 7.” However, there “aren't many signs that criticism will be necessary” (, 2/12).'s Jeff Legwold noted Elway's duties "remain the same, as he'll continue to oversee the team's coaching staff as well as its personnel department, and strength and conditioning and training staffs" (, 2/12). Legwold in a separate piece wrote under the header, "Football Guy Elway In It For The Long Haul" (, 2/12).

NASCAR announced several personnel hires and promotions. TOM BRYANT was named Dir of Touring & Weekly Communications and ADE HERBERT was named Fan & Media Engagement Center Coordinator. NASCAR also promoted KURT CULBERT to Senior Dir of Stakeholder Communications, JAYME AVRIT to Senior Manager of Stakeholder Communications, MATT NORDBY to Senior Manager of Broadcast & Entertainment Communications and ALEX MOORE to Senior Coordinator of Content Communications (NASCAR).

EXECS: Back9Network named American Media National Dir of Digital Sales STEPHEN HIGGINS VP/Advertising Sales & Marketing (Back9Network)….Sports USA Radio Network promoted LYLE GORDON to Exec VP/Affiliate Relations (Sports USA)….Silver Chalice named Feld Entertainment Dir of New Media LINDA LELUDIS Senior Dir of Audience Development and Alli Sports Senior Dir of Digital & Media CHRISTI BASSOS Dir of Strategic Partnerships (Silver Chalice)….Learfield Sports named PATRICK MCCARTHY Account Exec for its Northwestern Sports Properties (Learfield).

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Former Texas football coach MACK BROWN’s settlement package includes a total of $2.75M “over the next four years as part of a final settlement agreement between him and the school.” That is “exactly what Brown was owed had he been terminated, according to his contract.” Brown also will receive a “one-year contract worth $500,000 to become special assistant to the president assigned to the athletic department.” It is up to UT President BILL POWERS and men’s AD STEVE PATTERSON “to determine whether Brown’s one-year contract is renewed for 2015” (AUSTIN-AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 2/13).

STREET STYLE: William Morris Endeavor co-CEOs ARI EMANUEL and PATRICK WHITESELL have been in N.Y. for Fashion Week to "study the fashion industry before taking control of IMG in April." The duo has been "touring the tents at Lincoln Center and meeting with top fashion executives and editors" (N.Y. POST, 2/13).

SECRET'S SAFE WITH ME: Jazz CEO GREG MILLER will appear in the Feb. 28 episode of "UNDERCOVER BOSS," and the team in a statement said, "Miller fully embraces his undercover persona, Mark Scott, and his team spirit is put to the test as he immerses himself in different jobs, including participation in a halftime performance as a member of the Utah Jazz Dunk Team and acting as a human basketball hoop during his work with the Interactive Team" (, 2/12).

LEADING LADIES: Tucker Center For Research On Girls & Women In Sport President DR. MARY JO KANE was the keynote speaker at yesterday’s “Women Play Sports, Just Not In The Media” presentation in Nashville. The two-hour discussion was attended by approximately 100 people and “included a number of topics, mostly focused on the portrayal of women athletes on television and in print and online publications.” The event was “an important part of building momentum” for the Women’s Final Four on April 6-8 at Bridgestone Arena (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 2/13)….Former UCLA softball coach SUE ENQUIST was gave the keynote presentation at the Univ. at Buffalo’s Women In Sports Symposium to about 17 athletes, coaches and administrators (BUFFALO NEWS, 2/13).

NAMES: The National Sports Forum yesterday announced that it will host its '15 convention in Cincinnati (, 2/12)....DAVID BECKHAM today is visiting the storm-devastated Philippine city of Tacloban as part of UNICEF's relief efforts (AP, 2/13)....Former MLBer JIM FREGOSI "suffered a stroke" during an MLB alumni cruise, and was "flown to Miami from the Cayman Islands on Tuesday" (, 2/12)’s MECHELLE VOEPEL will be inducted into the Missouri Sports HOF on April 24 (K.C. STAR, 2/13).