The NHL Network aired an all-female episode of its daily news show, NHL Now, for the second straight year last week. Hosts Jamie Hersch (left) and Jackie Redmond were joined by Kendall Coyne Schofield as well as seven guests, many of whom are already on-air at other places, marking another step toward increased diversity in the booth.
Former Adidas executive James Gatto (center, nine months), Adidas consultant Merl Code (left) and business manager Christian Dawkins (six months each) received prison sentences for paying families of elite basketball players to influence their sons’ college choices. Questions persist if the punishment will curtail the use of impermissible benefits to sway players’ decisions.
Raleigh, N.C., announced that it is a candidate for a Major League Baseball franchise. The city’s approximate population of 486,000 is bigger than several existing MLB markets, but far smaller than that of Charlotte (889,000), which Commissioner Rob Manfred has publicly mentioned as an expansion possibility.
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The Seattle Mariners promoted JOE BOHRINGER to assistant general manager.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association promoted DONALD REMY to chief operating officer.
The University of California, San Diego hired MATT KRITZ as senior associate athletic director for athletic performance. Kritz was co-founder and managing director for Athlete Nation.
The University of North Carolina Charlotte named ALEX WISEassistant athletic director for facilities and events.
Ohio University promoted KEN WINSTEAD to senior associate athletic director for development.
Rutgers University hired ANDREW BAUSCHELT as associate director of development for major gifts, MICHAEL GREENGARTEN as assistant director of development for communications and engagement, NICOLE NECCI as assistant director of athletic development for events and stewardship and EMILY TOME as athletic development coordinator.
The University of Texas San Antonio hired ASHLEY WINNING as director of the Roadrunner Athletic Fund. Winning was director of development campaigns and communication for the University of Texas.
University of UtahSenior Associate Athletic Director for CommunicationsLIZ ABEL will retire in August after 36 years with the athletic department.
AEG Presents named NICK SPAMPANATOsenior vice president of venue operations. Spampanato was senior vice president and general manager of the Forum.
Spectra promoted BRENT HARRISON to regional director for its Toronto region.
The Philadelphia Eagles promoted GREG DELIMITROS to vice president of equipment operations, PATRICK DOLAN to vice president of football technology and JON FERRARI to vice president of football operations and compliance; and hired ANDREW BERRY as vice president of football operations and JEREMIAH WASHBURN as advanced projects coordinator.
The law firm of Foley & Lardner named BOBBY SHARMA a special adviser to its sports industry team. Sharma is chairman of Blue Devil Holdings and co-founder of Electronic Sports Group.
NBC Sports Northwest hired DIANE PENNY as senior vice president and general manager. Penny was vice president and general manager for Learfield IMG College’s Beaver Sports Properties at Oregon State University.
The Players’ Tribune hired JOSE DUVERGE as director of brand partnerships. Duverge was head of east coast region and senior director of global partnership sales for Legends.
NASCAR shifted SCOTT WARFIELD to the newly created position of managing director of gaming, and promoted AMANDA LORDY to managing director of digital content.
USA Gymnastics namedLI LI LEUNGpresident and chief executive officer. Leung was a vice president for the NBA.
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Asics North America hired KEVIN MCHALE as director of run specialty sales. McHale was Fleet Feet brand manager for New Balance.
Awards and Boards
Adidas named MARTIN SHANKLAND to its executive board to lead its global operations.
Block Six Analytics named MARK FRENCH to its advisory board.
The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame named A.J. ROBINSON, Central Atlanta Progress president and Atlanta Downtown Improvement District president, chairman of the board for Atlanta Hall Management and RICH MCKAY, Atlanta Falcons president and chief executive officer, to the board of directors.
The Red Sox Foundation named BRIDGET TERRY LONG, Harvard Graduate School of Education dean and Saris professor of education and economics, and JILL SHAH, Shah Family Foundation president, to its board of directors.
Riot Games named ANGELA ROSEBOROchief diversity officer. Roseboro was global head of diversity, equity and inclusion for Dropbox.
A fixture of CBS’s college basketball coverage for more than 20 years, Clark Kellogg again will be on the set for the NCAA tournament selection show on March 17. Kellogg shared some thoughts about how he prepares for the high-profile gig, which he started in 1997.
“In those first several years, I was like everybody else. When the bracket came, I wanted to check it out and see which teams got in and who may have gotten left out,” Kellogg said. “For the last 10 selection shows I haven’t looked at the bracket. I watch it as it’s being revealed to the viewing public.
“I watch hundreds and hundreds of games all year long in preparation for the tournament. I pretty much have seen everybody. And I want to have a spontaneous reaction when the screen shows who’s in it. I’ve felt confident enough in my preparation beforehand to be able to have some comments about teams in the bracket.”
Kellogg said he always has a list of teams that he thinks viewers should keep an eye on, and he’ll lock onto a handful of players from smaller conferences who will get the chance to play on the biggest stage of their careers.
Kellogg’s quick takes:
Mid-majors to watch
“Buffalo clearly. The Wofford Terriers out of the Southern Conference should be in the field even if they don’t win the conference tournament. I don’t know if Cal Irvine or New Mexico State will be worthy of at-large bids, but they could do some damage. I like Jeff Jones’ team at Old Dominion in Conference USA.”
“Syracuse is custom made for the tournament because of the length, trickery and difficulty of the [2-3] zone. They’re always a threat to do more damage than people expect them to do. Florida State will be a really dangerous team if they’re seeded as low as I think they might be. They could be a five seed. Houston is a team that is outside of a power conference but having a good year and extremely well coached.”
“Gonzaga. Duke. Virginia. That’s all chalk. I’ve got to throw somebody in there — Michigan State could possibly fall to maybe a four seed. I’m going to go with the Spartans because they’ve had some injury issues, and a lot of people won’t expect them to make a deep run.”