Endeavor named Under Amour Chief HR Officer KERRY CHANDLER to the same position. Chandler replaces CAROLE KATZ, who is stepping down after 18 years with the company. She will retain an advisory role with Endeavor (Endeavor). Chandler's departure from UA comes as the company is experiencing a "high amount of turnover in its senior leadership amid a companywide shakeup." Prior to her stint at UA, Chandler held positions with Christies Int'l, the NBA, ESPN, IBM and Motorola. Endeavor has a stake in ad agency Droga5, a firm UA "regularly works with to develop its promotional campaigns" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 10/15).
EXECS: Think450, the NBPA's licensing arm, named Econet Media Partners Managing Partner PAYNE BROWN President (NBPA)....Monumental Sports & Entertainment named iHeart Media VP/Experiential Sales JEFF NEWMAN VP/Global Partnerships. He will report to Senior VP/Global Partnerships PATRICK DUFFY (John Ourand, THE DAILY)....AMB Sports & Entertainment promoted KARL PIERBURG to VP/Technology, Data & Analytics for the Falcons, Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. He has worked with the Falcons for 14 years (AMBS&E)....The L.A. Stadium & Entertainment District named JASON GANNON Managing Dir. Gannon has been with the Kroenke organization for more than 10 years (LAS&ED)....College ad sales firm Fox Run Group named CHRISTINA POPES Account Manager/Sponsorships & Advertising for Monmouth Athletics and KATIE HUNT Sales & Marketing Administrator for the firm's HQ (Fox Run Group).
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The Cowboys have a "special trip planned" after Sunday's away game against the Redskins. Rather than "flying home after the game as they normally do, the Cowboys will spend an extra night" in DC and "visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture." Cowboys QB DAK PRESCOTT said that the trip was something coach JASON GARRETT "brought to the player leadership council and everyone quickly got on board" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/16).
KHASHOGGI FALLOUT: Endeavor is "pursuing a termination" of its $400M investment from the Saudi Public Investment Fund. This would "signal a major reversal" for a company that was "among the most eager to cut a deal" with Saudi Crown Prince MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN. Endeavor "began looking into how to terminate the investment" after news of journalist JAMAL KHASHOGGI's "suspected murder earlier this month" (WSJ.com, 10/15).
THE GOOD STUFF: The Mariners' non-profit foundation, Mariners Care, and its corporate partners helped raise $1.4M for a variety of charitable programs throughout the Northwest (Mariners)....The Astros Foundation has "donated almost $300,000 to two women's shelters" and will "assist in sponsoring a program that steers high school-age athletes away from abusive behavior." The Astros were prompted to "address the needs of domestic violence prevention groups by the furor surrounding" the team's trade for P ROBERTO OSUNA (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/16).
NAMES: The Celtics held a "family dinner" at Managing Partner WYC GROUSBECK's house Sunday (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/16)....Musician DJ KHALED "rented Marlins Park" Saturday for his son ASAHD's second birthday, and turned the ballpark "into a carnival" (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 10/15).
IN MEMORY: Longtime NESN camera operator JOHN MARTIN died Sunday after a "battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)." He was 51 years old (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/16).
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