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Executive Transactions

The NBPA has "established a separate business unit for commercial activities, including merchandising, sponsorship, events and content." The new unit, National Basketball Players Inc., will have its own "profit and loss statement and payroll, and was established as a for-profit company." The unit named Def Jam Recordings Exec VP/Strategic Marketing & Brand Partnerships QUE GASKINS Chief Brand & Growth Officer, Nike Dir of Global Brand Business Affairs CLARENCE NESBITT General Counsel and HBO VP/Global Licensing JOSH GOODSTADT Exec VP/Licensing (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/18 issue).

EXECS: Minnesota United today will name T'Wolves and WNBA Lynx President CHRIS WRIGHT CEO. Wright has been the Wolves and Lynx president the "past 13 years and has spent 26 years with the organization." He was VP/Sales & Marketing before becoming President in the teams’ business operations (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/18)....The 76ers named La Liga club FC Barcelona Deputy Dir of the Sports Science & Medical Department DANIEL MEDINA to the newly-created position of VP/Athlete Care (76ers)....Flyers GM RON HEXTALL has hired former NHL Kings GM DEAN LOMBARDI, his “onetime mentor, to assist him in the front office.” Lombardi has “not been given a job title yet” (, 9/17)....The Nuggets promoted Dir of Basketball Analytics TOMMY BALCETIS to Dir of Basketball Strategy & Analytics (Nuggets)....DAVID STONE has launched his own consultancy, Stone Planning. He will continue to focus on the planning of sports and entertainment facilities and events, and will be based in Chicago (THE DAILY).

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