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Volume 26 No. 109

People and Pop Culture

Chase Center named CHARLES MARINO VP/Security. Marino was most recently a Partner at Opsec Alliance Partners, where he served as a security advisor. He also spent 18 years with the Secret Service serving on Presidential and Vice Presidential protection details, in addition to leading the S.F. Field Office (Chase Center)....Columbia Sportswear's Mountain Hardwear brand named TROY SICOTTE VP/North American Sales (Mountain Hardwear)....Former Penguins GM and Hockey HOFer CRAIG PATRICK rejoined the organization as a pro scout (, 11/19)....Learfield promoted Seton Hall Sports Properties Business Development Manager KEVIN WILLIAMS to GM of its Patriot League Sports Properties. Learfield also named DAVID ANDERSON GM of its Falcon Sports Properties for Bowling Green State (THE DAILY)....Nike appointed Ariel Investments Founder, Chair, CEO & Chief Investment Officer JOHN ROGERS to its BOD (Nike).

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Hawks Senior VP/PR GARIN NARAIN was named an Atlanta Business Chronicle "Forty Under 40" honoree for '18. Narain, in his seventh season with the Hawks, "serves as the organization's primary media spokesperson and heads up responsibilities from media training for players and executives to one of his recent achievements -- creating the communications plan" to announce the $192.5M "transformation" of State Farm Arena (, 11/16). The Atlanta Business Chronicle also named Hawks Senior VP/Community & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer NZINGA SHAW one of three honorees for its inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Awards (, 11/16).

CADILLAC COLLECTION: Bulls F JABARI PARKER, after having "purchased his first car" in '15, now owns nine of them, his "latest purchase" being a '54 Cadillac Coupe. Parker also owns a pink '65 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, but "ask him which is his favorite car, and you'll get a smirk." Parker said, "That's just like asking you who's your favorite child. But if I had to say, I'd probably say one of my Cadillacs. Maybe my '64 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. That's probably my bread and butter" (, 11/19).

Betts last night spent time with Michael Jordan during the Celtics-Hornets game in Charlotte
Betts last night spent time with Michael Jordan during the Celtics-Hornets game in Charlotte
Betts last night spent time with Michael Jordan during the Celtics-Hornets game in Charlotte

NAMES: Red Sox RF MOOKIE BETTS was in attendance at last night's Celtics-Hornets game in Charlotte (, 11/19)....N.Y.-based law firm Skadden, on behalf of the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, secured the complete dismissal of a $150M claim brought by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Men's Association related to damages resulting from an injunction barring the NJTHA from conducting sports betting operations (THE DAILY)....Cavaliers G J.R. SMITH and his brother, former NBAer CHRIS SMITH "teamed up" to write a children's book called "HOOPSMITHS." The Mascot Books release, illustrated by KRIS CARTER, "tells the true story of two young brothers who dream of playing in the NBA but learn they need each other to succeed" (, 11/19)....Whistle Sports "signed with CAA" shortly after raising $28M in "additional funding through a Series D round" (, 11/15)....Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club announced the expansion of its corporate portfolio by introducing Crunch Fitness to the British Columbia market. The organization will open five Crunch locations across BC in '19 (SNFW)....ESPN’s JOE TESSITORE will emcee the 61st National Football Foundation annual awards dinner Dec. 4 in N.Y. (, 11/19)….Yankees P CC SABATHIA and wife AMBER renewed their wedding vows in Napa Valley last weekend. Several baseball players were among the 250 guests in attendance (, 11/19).

The shift in expectations of fans attending sporting events is manifesting in the design of sports venues. Party decks. Standing-room only areas. Field-level suites and clubs. Smaller arenas and stadiums. We talk with architects, engineers, construction firms and owners’ representatives about how they are reimagining the live-event experience and what to expect in the years ahead.

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Sports Business Daily seeks a full-time Staff Writer for our Charlotte office. The entry-level position will be responsible for compiling, writing and copy editing daily sports business news in a fast-paced, deadline environment. Candidate must have knowledge of -- and interest in -- sports, the business of sports, current events and pop culture. Ideal candidate is a collaborative team player, as well as energetic, creative, and a self-starter. To apply for this position, send resume and writing samples to

Meanwhile, Sports Business Journal seeks a Data Analyst for our Charlotte office. The mid-level position will be responsible for managing our sports business intelligence database, ensuring data quality, checking output of automatic data collection, spotting systemic errors and aiding content marketing with data pulls and extra analysis. Candidate must be a team player with good collaboration and communication skills. Candidates should have 3-5 years experience of content management experience. To apply for this job, send a resume and cover letter to

SBJ-Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum
December 5-6, 2018
Crowne Plaza Manhattan Times Square

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER: You won't want to miss our "Commissioner’s Corner" series which consists of featured interviews each of the Power 5 Commissioners over the course of the two-day program.

You will hear from ACC Commissioner John Swofford on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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