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Volume 25 No. 128

People and Pop Culture

AMB Sports & Entertainment promoted Chief Administrative Officer GREG BEADLES to COO & Exec VP. Beadles has been with the Falcons and AMBSE for more than 23 years, beginning as a finance intern. The company also named Mercedes-Benz USA exec HARRY HYNEKAMP VP/Fan Experience, succeeding MIKE GOMES, who in February left to become Chief Experience Officer for Atlanta-based real estate firm Cortland Partners (Mike Sunnucks, Staff Writer).

DEAN OF STUDENTS: College Football Officiating LLC named former NFL Senior VP/Officiating DEAN BLANDINO Dir of Instant Replay. Blandino "oversaw officiating in the NFL" from '13-17, after which he left to join Fox Sports as an "on-air analyst." His new position will be "structured to focus on offseason development, allowing him to continue his broadcasting role" (, 5/14).

EXECS: The Professional Fighters League named MARK NOLAN Exec VP/Global Brand Partnership & Media Sales. Nolan has spent two decades in sports media, with stints at NBC, Golf Channel, ESPN and Endeavor. The PFL also named JASON BROWN VP/Digital (John Ourand, Staff Writer)....Society for American Baseball Research CEO MARC APPLEMAN is resigning, effective July 6, to pursue another opportunity that will soon be announced. A former journalist and digital media exec with WWE, ESPN and AOL, Appleman has spent eight years with SABR and was a key figure in the organization's creation of its annual Analytics Conference and a deal with Rawlings (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer)....Stats LLC named JAYME FULLER to the newly created position of Senior VP/Global Partner Development (Stats)....Mobile scheduling app TeamSnap named Maxar Technologies VP & Treasurer TODD STOCKARD CFO (TeamSnap)....The American Cancer Society named Media Link Senior VP/Mobile, Media & Advertising Strategy DARYL EVANS VP/Sports Alliances. ACS also elected MARGARET MCCAFFERY to its BOD. McCaffery's husband, FRAN, is Iowa men's basketball coach (ACS). 

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Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT is on a "list of cleared callers" who may contact PRESIDENT TRUMP "through this official channel" via the White House switchboard. The list only includes a "few dozen friends and family members" outside the administration (NEW YORK magazine, 5/14 issue). It is "no secret that Kraft and Trump are tight," but Kraft previously has indicated that his "relationship with the president is more personal than political." He noted that Trump "was supportive after the death of his wife, MYRA, in 2011" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/15).

Lone Sailor has officially entered the Preakness Stakes after finishing eighth at the Kentucky Derby

SAINTS ROW: Saints and Pelicans Owner GAYLE BENSON's horse, Lone Sailor, has "officially entered" Saturday's Preakness Stakes after finishing eighth at the Kentucky Derby (, 5/14). Meanwhile, New Orleans-based WYES-PBS announced that the hour-long documentary "TOM BENSON: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF A NEW ORLEANS SAINT," will premiere May 23 (, 5/14). 

NAMES: Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals last night at Toyota Center saw many celebrities in attendance, including rapper TRAVIS SCOTT, Basketball HOFers HAKEEM OLAJUWON and ELVIN HAYES, former NFLer ANDRE JOHNSON, Baseball HOFer JEFF BAGWELL and NBA Commissioner ADAM SILVER (, 5/14)....Sources said that ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and LEBRON JAMES are “among a group of celebrities" investing in a Hell’s Kitchen office building being renovated by the Georgetown Co., which is also "said to have obtained" an investment from Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER (, 5/14)....Golf HOFer TOM WATSON and Baseball HOFer GEORGE BRETT played in a charity golf event in Overland Park, Kan., named after "iconic" K.C. Star editor and columnist JOE MCGUFF, who died from ALS complications in ’06 (K.C. STAR, 5/15)....Eagles RB JAY AJAYI is being “sued by the owner of a rental home” in L.A. who alleges Ajayi "trashed the space, refused to pay for fees charged and pushed the owner when he confronted Ajayi” (, 5/14)....Actress TARAJI P. HENSON and former NFLer KELVIN HAYDEN are engaged (, 5/14)....Patriots TE ROB GRONKOWSKI celebrated his 29th birthday in Jamaica with his girlfriend, SI Swimsuit model CAMILLE KOSTEK (, 5/14).

IN MEMORY: Former Twins broadcaster FRANK QUILICI died yesterday at his home in Burnsville, Minn. He turned 79 on Friday and "had been in hospice care.” Quilici “worked on Twins radio broadcasts” with HERB CARNEAL in ’67-77, ’80-82 and ’87 (, 5/15).

2018 Sports Business Awards – Wednesday, May 23

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Former Disney Chair & CEO Michael Eisner will be presented with the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Lifetime Achievement Award in New York City on May 23. Eisner’s vision for sports content transformed the entertainment industry, and he will be introduced by his former colleague, current Disney Chair & CEO Bob Iger. Please join us in what should be a special celebration of one person’s significant contribution to the sports business. Find out how you can be a part of the biggest night in sports business visit,

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