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Fox Sports: Hines Filling out communications department lineup

About eight months after joining Fox Sports as executive vice president of communications, Terri Hines is filling out her leadership team in the communications department.

Motl is the new VP of media relations.
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Earlier this month, Hines promoted Eddie Motl to vice president of media relations where he will act as the sports division’s spokesman and work with the communications departments at various leagues and conferences. Motl will remain in New York and also will handle communications for Fox Sports’ ad sales group.

Over the past several weeks, Hines, who is based in Los Angeles, has been interviewing candidates for a senior communications position overseeing Fox Sports’ regional sports networks. A source said Hines is “very close” to filling that position, which also will be based in Los Angeles. Hines then will fill two more positions to complete her leadership team. These would mark the biggest moves since Hines came over from Nike last December.

Fox Sports’ communications department has seen a huge amount of turnover since last summer when longtime executives including senior vice president Lou D’Ermilio, vice president Dan Bell and director Ileana Pena took buyouts and left the company.

In the fall, the department lost two other senior executives, as vice president Chris Bellitti bolted for the WWE and executive vice president Chris Hannan left for a job at WME-IMG.

D’Ermilio hired Motl in 2004 soon after he graduated from St. John’s University. Motl started as D’Ermilio’s assistant.