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Volume 26 No. 210

People and Pop Culture

MSG Co. named Golden Knights Chief Experience Officer JONNY GRECO Senior VP & Exec Producer of Event Presentation, a move which became effective last Thursday (MSG).

EXECS: The NFL named Sony Music Entertainment Exec VP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer DASHA SMITH Chief People Officer. She will be responsible for all HR activities including talent and diversity strategies, will report to NFL COO MARYANN TURCKE (NFL)....The AAC named Univ. of North Texas Deputy AD & CFO STACY MARTIN Senior Associate Commissioner & CFO (AAC)....Bundesliga club Bayern Munich promoted Partnership Relations Manger MICHAEL ROTH to Head of American Partnerships, Americas. Roth will work out of the club's N.Y. office (Bayern Munich)....The Las Vegas Stadium Authority board approved the reappointment of Vice Chair IKE LAWRENCE EPSTEIN, whose term was to end in December. Epstein is Senior Exec VP & COO at Zuffa, which operates UFC (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 11/19).

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ROB GRONKOWSKI will host a "GRONK BEACH" festival on Saturday, Feb. 1, on Miami Beach before Super Bowl LIV. The event will feature combine a "party with a music festival along with food and drinks." For the event, which will be held at the North Beach Bandshell from 1:00-7:00pm ET, Gronkowski is "teaming up with sponsor Monster Energy" and bringing in performers like RICK ROSS, FLO RIDA, DJ CARNAGE, KASKADE, DIPLO and 3LAU (AP, 11/19).

NAMES: DALE EARNHARDT JR. was named the "honorary starter" for next year's 62nd Daytona 500 (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/19)....Twins RF MAX KEPLER is back in his hometown of Berlin for a five-day MLB "promotional tour" (AP, 11/18)....Actor MATT DAMON appeared on a recent episode of "THE BILL SIMMONS PODCAST," where he and Simmons "discussed their Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox fandom during an hour-long conversation" (, 11/14)....TidalWave Comics this week will release a new print biography of LEBRON JAMES (THE DAILY)....Former NFLer CHAD JOHNSON will "host Bleacher Report's new B/R Betting Game Show" on Dec. 12 at the Caesars Palace sportsbook in Las Vegas (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 11/19)....Former FC Cincinnati VP/Partnerships & Business Development MIKE ALBANESE has "launched Hubble Partnerships, a partnership consulting and sales firm" based in Cincinnati (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/19)....Comedian DAVE CHAPPELLE yesterday spoke to the Lakers at Staples Center as part of the team's "Genius Series" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 11/19).