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Volume 24 No. 137

People and Pop Culture

Stats LLC Senior VP/Sports Solutions BRIAN KOPP is leaving the company, effective Friday. His next career move has not been disclosed, but Kopp played a major role in building Stats’ SportVU motion tracking technology into a significant presence that is now in every NBA arena and a growing number of college basketball and pro soccer venues. “It was a tough decision, but I’m ready to explore new opportunities,” Kopp wrote in an e-mail to business associates. “I’m still finalizing my next move but I plan to stay in the sports technology and analytics space.” Stats’ SportVU basketball efforts are expected to be led by Associate VP RYAN WARKINS (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).

EXECS: Nike promoted VP & GM of Nike Women's HEIDI O'NEILL to VP & GM of Nike Stores, where she will be responsible for the company's retail presence worldwide, including oversight of Nike-branded partner stores. The company also promoted VP & GM of Global Merchandising AMY MONTAGNE to VP & GM of Nike Women's (Nike)....CSE promoted ADAM ZIMMERMAN to President, MONTY MULLIG to President of Digital, DOUG MANNING to Exec VP/Marketing and DAVID HEALY to the newly created position of Senior VP/Integrated Marketing Services. The firm also named DAVID DOAN VP/Marketing, KAY SCOTT Dir of Marketing and DAVID KOONIN Dir of Talent Services for Client Representation (THE DAILY)....The NFL Media sales team promoted Account Exec BEN SIMONDS to Sales Dir (THE DAILY)....Catalyst PR promoted Senior Account Manager MARLON LEWINTER to Account Dir (THE DAILY)....The Red Wings signed Exec VP & GM KEN HOLLAND to a four-year extension through the ’17-18 season (Red Wings)....The Univ. of Missouri promoted Dir of External Engagement ASHLEY MOORE to Senior Dir of External Engagement (Univ. of Missouri).

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NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN on Thursday accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge “while in Columbus to help promote” the ‘15 NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena. Bettman said that Bruins Owner JEREMY JACOBS, NHL Jets Exec Chair MARK CHIPMAN and ESPN anchor JOHN BUCCIGROSS “were among those who issued the challenge.” Bettman then challenged Maple Leafs President BRENDAN SHANAHAN, Flames President BRIAN BURKE, NHL Kings Assistant GM ROB BLAKE and Blue Jackets Owner JOHN MCCONNELL (, 8/14).

ETCHED IN STONE: MLSE is “erecting a team monument” ahead of the Maple Leafs' 100th anniversary in ’17. About 10 players “are to be sculpted in all, in various game poses behind a 30-foot granite Leafs bench.” Chosen by “former players and members of an MLSE committee, they will be gradually introduced leading up to the centennial.” Provisions “will be made for at least one more player, should the Leafs produce a worthy candidate in coming seasons.” Brendan Shanahan said, “Whatever decade you grew up in as a Leafs fan, you’ll see your favourites, but also learn about players you probably didn’t get a chance to see play” (TORONTO SUN, 8/15).

AWARDS & HONORS: Former MLBers PEDRO MARTINEZ, NOMAR GARCIAPARRA, ROGER CLEMENS and longtime broadcaster JOE CASTIGLIONE on Thursday were inducted into the Red Sox HOF (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/15)....World Golf HOFer NANCY LOPEZ on Thursday was inducted into the Legends HOF in French Lick, Ind., as part of the Legends Championship being played in the market this week (, 8/14).

NAMES: NASCAR driver JEFF GORDON and his wife INGRID on Tuesday visited the White House and were involved in discussions at a summit on Africa. The couple "helped build a children's cancer hospital" in Rwanda (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 8/15)....Louisville AD TOM JURICH on Wednesday “signed 700 Maker’s Mark bottles designed with his likeness” and the ACC logo. The Jurich bottles are "the third in a series that aids fundraising for U of L’s Academic Center of Excellence.” The partnership thus far has generated $2.5M (, 8/14)....Bruins F SHAWN THORNTON, Red Sox 1B MIKE NAPOLI and Patriots DE JARVIS GREEN on Sunday will be among those on the catwalk for "Rescue The Runway: Featuring Boston's Finest." The event will benefit PAWS New England, Last Hope K9 Rescue, Lucky Lab Rescue and the MSPCA (BOSTON HERALD, 8/14)....The USTA Foundation has partnered with JPMorgan Chase to award 10 National Junior Tennis & Learning programs with $10,000 each to go toward tennis and education programming (USTA)....Knicks President PHIL JACKSON bought a 2,600-square-foot co-op at The Osborne in midtown Manhattan for $4.85M (, 8/14)....Phillies P COLE HAMELS has listed his 8,124-square-foot home in Newtown Square, Pa., for $1.55M (, 8/14)....Trail Blazers F NICOLAS BATUM on Thursday was found "in contempt of court and breach of contract" by a Clackamas County (Ore.) judge for "failing to make divorce settlement payments" (Portland OREGONIAN, 8/15)....Actor MARK WAHLBERG was recently spotted at the Red Sox store across from Fenway Park while in town to film "TED 2" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/14).