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Volume 24 No. 156

People and Pop Culture

The Dolphins hired former Toys ‘R’ Us Exec VP/HR DAN CASPERSEN to oversee the organization’s HR department and former FBI agent JOE CICINI to oversee security efforts. The team also moved Finance & Legal Affairs Specialist BRANDON SHORE to an HR role within the team’s training facility (Dolphins). In Miami, Adam Beasley reports the hiring of Caspersen and Cicini is “part of the franchise’s desire to create a ‘one organization’ culture, bridging the business and football worlds.” Cicini’s FBI background “includes work with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and he has provided crisis management training to the NFL, MLB, NBA and more.” He also has “over 17 years of liaison experience in the South Florida area with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Miami-Dade and Miami police departments.” Meanwhile, longtime Dolphins Dir of Security STUART WEINSTEIN “will remain with the organization in his same capacity” (MIAMI HERALD, 4/22).

TRACK STARS: NASCAR team Richard Childress Racing named Churchill Downs Inc. Partnership Development Manager MATT SHEARER Dir of Business Development. Shearer also had a stint as Raiders Premium Sales Manager (RCR)….NASCAR named MasterCard VP/Global Consumer Marketing PETER JUNG Senior Dir of Growth Segment Marketing and Padres Dir of Brand Development NICOLE SMITH Dir of Growth Segment Marketing (NASCAR).

EXECS: The Univ. of Texas named Arizona State Associate AD STEVE HANK Senior Associate AD & Chief Revenue Officer. ASU President MICHAEL CROW “is making an exception to an agreement” with UT men’s AD and former ASU VP/Athletics STEVE PATTERSON “that says Patterson will not hire ASU athletic employees.” Hank had been with ASU since ’02 (, 4/21)….Barclays Center named Fastlane Communications Managing Dir ED MANETTA Dir of Sports Programming. He will spearhead the programming of the Brooklyn Hoops college basketball and Brooklyn Boxing franchises at the facility. Manetta also had previous stints as AD at St. John’s Univ. and DePaul Univ. (Barclays Center)….The Oilers appointed AHL Oklahoma City Barons GM BILL SCOTT to the position of Assistant GM, replacing RICKY OLCZYK, who was offered a position within the organization, but has declined (Oilers)….CSE VP/Communications & PR JIM WEISS has left his position to become Atlanta-based Bounce TV Senior VP/Corporate Communications (THE DAILY).

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In N.Y., Ken Belson notes while pro athletes can "afford almost any car, some are shunning gas guzzlers and driving hybrids and electric vehicles." Electric vehicle proponents said that whatever their motivation, "the athletes are, intentionally or not, becoming promoters of the cars." It is "unclear precisely how many athletes drive electric vehicles or hybrids," but players like Lakers G STEVE NASH, Saints QB DREW BREES and Trail Blazers F LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE "drive or drove Teslas and other high-priced electric vehicles and hybrids." Meanwhile, more teams are "installing charging stations at their arenas and stadiums -- not just for their players and other employees, but for their fans" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/22).

IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM: ESPN NFL analyst KEYSHAWN JOHNSON "has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his ex-girlfriend." Johnson was arrested at his Calabasas, Calif., home yesterday morning on "suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery." ESPN in a statement said that it was "aware of the incident and looking into it" (, 4/21)....Modell's Sporting Goods CEO MITCH MODELL has been accused of "using company funds" for more than $7M in personal expenses, "including family trips, massages and donations and payments" to a private school. ABBY MODELL, the widow of Modell’s brother, MICHAEL, last week filed a petition asking that he "be removed as a trustee" for a trust formed after Michael died (Bergen RECORD, 4/22).

DO NOT DISTURB: Red Sox Ps CLAY BUCHHOLZ, JOHN LACKEY and 1B MIKE NAPOLI "slept overnight" at Fenway Park on Sunday. They "slept in a room situated directly above the Red Sox clubhouse, a room that wasn't officially guest-ready until the middle of last season." The team's game on Sunday night concluded at 10:41pm ET, with yesterday's game beginning at 11:00am. Red Sox manager JOHN FARRELL said of the room, "That's why it's there. They're taking advantage of it" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/22). 

BOSTON'S FINEST: Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT, Bank of America Chair CHAD GIFFORD and Hill Holliday Chair & CEO KAREN KAPLAN attended yesterday's Boston Marathon (BOSTON HERALD, 4/22). Patriots QB TOM BRADY also was in attendance at the marathon (BOSTON HERALD, 4/22). Oilers D ANDREW FERENCE "served as a volunteer" at the finish line (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/22). 

NAMES: Yankees CF BRETT GARDNER has joined the Taylor Hooton Foundation's advisory board. Other MLBers on the board include Mets P DILLON GEE, Tigers P MAX SCHERZER and Angels P C.J. WILSON. The players will "carry out the foundation’s message through the foundation’s educational activities in local communities, will provide input to the foundation, and will make a pledge to play clean" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/22)....A confidential settlement "has been reached" between the USTA and film producers MAIKEN BAIRD and MICHELLE MAJOR that allows the doc "VENUS & SERENA" to be screened "unedited." The USTA had sued Baird and Major last year for copyright infringement (N.Y. POST, 4/22)....Innovative Sports & Entertainment Advisor and BOD member BOB GUTKOWSKI on June 4 will be honored as a Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association (THE DAILY)….Redskins QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III, WR PIERRE GARCON and LB RYAN KERRIGAN yesterday were “among the guests at the White House’s Easter Egg Roll.” Griffin “sported a No. 10 Redskins jersey, athletic shorts and cleats” (, 4/21)....Former U.S. speedskater APOLO OHNO “plans to compete” in October’s Ironman World Championship in Hawaii (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/22)….U.S. swimmer KATIE HOFF got engaged to former Michigan State FB TODD ANDERSON during Sunday's Yankees-Rays game (, 4/21)….Spurs G MANU GINOBILI's third son, LUCA, was born Sunday (, 4/21).