Jan 2021 staff moves and sports business industry news in one spot — updated as they happen, so make sure you check back throughout the month.

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Jan 5, 2021

The National Hockey League partners with Discover, Honda, MassMutual and Scotiabank with each brand set to serve as one of the official division names for the pandemic-altered 2020-21 season:

  • Scotia NHL North Division (Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg)
  • Honda NHL West Division (Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, San Jose, St. Louis, Vegas)
  • Discover NHL Central Division (Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, Tampa Bay)
  • MassMutual NHL East Division (Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington)

Each team will play every other team in its division eight times with the exception of the Scotia NHL North Division, which will play every other team in its division nine or 10 times, to minimize team travel as much as possible.


Jan 6, 2021

Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner since 2010, announces he will be stepping down later this year. A search is underway for his replacement.


MooreBoston Pride
Jan 11, 2021

American Hockey League (AHL) names Hayley Moore is the league’s new VP, Hockey Operations, from President, NWHL Boston Pride. She will join the AHL Feb 8, 2021, following the conclusion of the Pride’s season.


EgusquizaMiami Marlins
Jan 14, 2021

Miami Marlins elevate Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza to become the organization’s first VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She will continue to serve as Executive Director, Miami Marlins Foundation.

MLS Montréal Impact announce an identity change, which includes a new name and brand transformation. Going forward, the team will be known as Club de Foot Montréal (CF Montréal, CFM or CFMTL).


New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center and PlayUp, an Australian-owned online betting entertainment and technology group, announce a multi-year agreement. PlayUp becomes the presenting partner of the Devils newly redesigned PlayUp Studio, the team’s Season Preview Show, as well as the Pre-Game Live Show prior to all Devils home games. PlayUp will also hold a permanent in-arena activation location called the “PlayUp Sports Lounge,” as well as a TV-visible dasherboard, corner in-ice logo, and virtual signage within Pru Center.


Philadelphia 76ers ink Verizon as an official team partner in a new multi-year deal. Verizon becomes the 76ers exclusive mobile 5G partner and presenting partner of the 76ers Official Mobile Application. The deal also provides members of Verizon’s loyalty program, Verizon Up, with unique opportunities to claim 76ers prizes and VIP experiences.




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Updated: Jan 18, 2021