ROSTER MOVES (Mar/Apr 2019)

Alex Chang San Francisco 49ers
Al Collins Navigate Research
JoAnn Neale MLS
Gary Stevenson MLS
Pauline Thiros Idaho St. Athletics

Aaron Boetger hired as Ticket Office Coordinator, St. Paul Saints (link)

Matt Bourne promoted to SVP, Communications, at Major League Baseball (MLB), from VP, Business Communications (link)

Alex Chang named CMO, San Francisco 49ers, from head of partnership marketing for Samsung (link)

Kevin Clayton named VP of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, a newly created position for all organizational properties including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters, Canton Charge, Cleveland Gladiators, Cavs Legion and Rocket Mortgage Field House, from Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Bon Secours Mercy Health, Cincinnati (link)

Al Collins to SVP, Strategic Partnerships at Navigate Research, from VP, National Sales at Learfield (link)

Danielle du Toit named president of SeatGeek Enterprise at SeatGeek, from EVP, Global Services Strategy & Operations at Cheetah Digital (link)

Jessy Exline hired as Social Media Coordinator, St. Paul Saints (link)

Scott Garrett named Athletic Director, Cleveland State University, from External Associate AD at Kansas State University (link)

Will Harris hired as Account Executive, Ticket Sales and Corporate Partnership, St. Paul Saints (link)

Zane Heinselman promoted to Director of Sales, St. Paul Saints, from Corporate Sales Manager (link)

Brad Hewitt, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, to retire June 30 (link)

Corey James named Senior Manager of Community Engagement and Foundation Development at Cleveland Cavaliers from Senior Manager of Partnership Marketing (link)

JP LaBelle, hired as Clubhouse Manager, St. Paul Saints (link)

Ami Johnson promoted to Product Manager at TicketForce (link)

JoAnn Neale promoted to President & CAO Major League Soccer (MLS) from Chief Administrative & Social Responsibility Officer (link)

Bill Ordower, now EVP, MLS Business Ventures, from General Counsel, MLS (link)

Yerik Perez named Director of Dominican Republic Operations, removes interim title, MLB (link)

Mitch Ried to Chief Revenue Officer, Georgia Swarm, from VP, Sales & Service, Atlanta Legends (link)

Anastasia Danias Schmidt named EVP & General Counsel at MLS, from Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Legal Affairs, NFL (link)

Eric Shainock to Marketing Manager, BMO Harris, from FCBX Chicago

T.R. Stape promoted to VP, Managing Director, Business Development at International Speedway Corporation (ISC), from Managing Director

Gary Stevenson adds title of Deputy Commissioner at MLS to President, MLS Business Ventures (link)

Lydia Tan named Managing Director-Real Estate, at Oakland A’s from real estate advisory Bentall Kennedy (link)

Pauline Thiros named Director of Athletics, removes interim title, Idaho State University (link)

Rob Thompson hired as Marketing and Creative Service Manager, St. Paul Saints (link)

Shane Tritz has stepped down from his post as Vice President/General Manager of the Sioux City Explorers


The Alliance of American Football (AAF) announced it was ceasing operations immediately on April 5, 2019 (link)

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced Mar 31, 2019, that it will discontinue operations May 1, 2019 (link)


MGM Resorts and MGM’s Roar named Major League Soccer‘s official first official gaming partner. As part of the deal, Roar Digital, a joint venture between MGM and GVC, becomes the exclusive official sports betting partner of MLS (link)


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Updated: May 3, 2019