F1 team principal PETER SAUBER "reconsidered his recently announced retirement at the end of the season" in a TV interview with ServusTV, according to Dominik Sharaf of MOTORSPORT TOTAL. Not long ago, the 68-year-old Swiss said that he does not want to sit on the pit wall with his headphones on at the age of 70. In an interview with ServusTV, Sauber seems to disagree with his previous statement and said that "the exact date is still unclear." Clear is that when Sauber steps down, he will hand over his team to current Sauber F1 Team CEO MONISHA KALTENBORN. Sauber transfered a third of his equity in the team to Kaltenborn, who will most likely become "the first female team principal in F1 history." Sauber said, "It is really important to know what you want and what direction you want to go" (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 6/27)
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Former New Zealand Cricket Chair ALAN ISAAC was inaugurated as the eighth Int'l Cricket Council President in succession to SHARAD PAWAR. Isaac will serve for a two-year term. The Conference has confirmed DAVID RICHARDSON as ICC CEO, succeeding HAROON LORGAT, who stood down after four years (ICC).
EXECUTIVE MOVES AT X GAMES: ESPN announced a number of moves related to its X Games division. ANDREW FEIT was named Senior Dir of Global X Games Sports Management. Feit was Senior Dir of Customer Marketing and Sales. He will be supported by two dedicated sports management positions. AMANDA BAUER, Manager of Sports Management, will be transitioning her MLB and ESPN Original Content responsibilities and focusing on Global X. In addition, MEGAN SMITH will transition full-time to the X Games team as Associate Manager of Sports Management. Golf Channel Senior Dir of Strategic Partnerships MELISSA COLGATE was named Dir of X Games Sales & Marketing. ESPN Affiliate Sales Account Exec & Marketing Manager IAN PARTILLA was named Account Exec of X Games Sales and former MTV Networks Sales Service Exec CHRISTOPHER OWEN was named Account Exec of X Games Sales. Owen, as well as Colgate, will be located in the N.Y. office. Colgate, Partilla and Owen will report to AMY PHILLIPS (ESPN).
English footballer and free agent MICHAEL OWEN, whose ManU contract ends on Saturday, has switched agents. Owen, who had been managed by Wasserman Media Group, will now be repped by former Umbro Exec SIMON MARSH, who has been a close friend of Owen since he signed for the brand as a 15-year-old (London DAILY MAIL, 6/27). ..The Rugby Football Union said that England's CHARLIE HODGSON and LEE MEARS retired from int'l rugby, while ANDY FARRELL returned to coaching staff of the England rugby union national team. Hodgson played fly-half at Saracens and Mears played hooker for Bath, who combined to make 80 appearances for England (London DAILY MAIL, 6/27)....Chinese Basketball Association Beijing Ducks and former NBA player STEPHON MARBURY is now a "published author." His autobiography, Wo Shi Ma Zheng Wei (I am Commissar Marbury), "will hit Chinese bookstores on June 30." The book is being written alongside Chinese journalist WANG MENG, who covers basketball for Beijing newspaper Titan Sports Weekly (NIUBBALL.com, 6/28). ... New Zealand Rugby League CEO JIM DOYLE became the most recent figure linked to the vacant role of ARL Commission CEO this week. He jumped "to the head of the queue" following a meeting with Commission Chair JOHN GRANT last week (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/29).
GAMES TIME: The Int'l Press Centre at Olympic Park now includes the JOHN RODDA Press Workroom. Rodda served as the Guardian's athletics and boxing correspondent for more than 36 years before he died in '09 at the age of 78. He also covered every Games between '60-92. LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE said that Rodda opened up the "world of sports politics to him and played an influential role in helping to advise on how to negotiate the corridors of power" (London GUARDIAN, 6/27). ... MUSE, the "stadium-filling rock trio" has been chosen to provide the official song for the London Olympics. The track, Survival, will be played throughout sports sessions at official venues for the games, such as when athletes enter and during the build-up to medal ceremonies. The band's main songwriter MATT BELLAMY said, "I wrote it with the Games in mind as it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win" (London TELEGRAPH, 6/28).