ROSTER MOVES (Nov 2019)

Keeping track of staff moves and industry news for you all in one spot.

Heads up that we add new Moves as they happen, so make sure you check back throughout the month.


Mark Donovan Credit: K.C. Chiefs

 

PEOPLE

Tonya Antonucci hired as VP, Marketing, Oakland A’s, from CMO at Playworks (link)

Mark Donovan, President, Kansas City Chiefs signed a long-term contract extension (link)

Lou Garate named Head, Global Sponsorship Sales at Twitch, from SVP, Partnership Marketing at NASCAR

Michael Santini joins Marquee Sports Network as SVP, Programming & Production, from VP, Production, MLB Network

Russell Scibetti joins New York Giants in newly created VP, Business Intelligence & Analytics role, from CMO, KORE Software and President, KORE Planning & Insights

Amanda Vandervort named first Chief Women’s Football Officer at FIFPro, from VP, Fan Engagement at Major League Soccer (link)

 

MEDIA

Nov 1, 2019: Formula One (F1) and ESPN announce a three-year rights extension through the 2022 schedule. ESPN will continue to air races commercial-free using broadcast partner Sky Sports. The new deal keeps all races live on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. The deal also makes ESPN Deportes the Spanish-language home of F1 in the U.S. for the first time Practice sessions and qualifying will continue to be aired across ESPN platforms.

 

VENUES / LEAGUES / TEAMS

Nov 4, 2019: Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Bloomfield, Hills, Mich.-based Penske Corp., acquires Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar race series and IMS Productions, from Indianapolis, Ind.-based Hulman & Co. The sale is expected to close in Jan 2020.

Nov 6, 2019: National Lacrosse League names Montréal-based Sportlogiq Official Statistics Partner. Sportlogiq will collect, analyze, and distribute live match data and advanced level statistics from every game, beginning with the 2019-20 season.

Nov 6, 2019: Desert Ford Dealers, together with Oakland Raiders and Legends announce Ford will become the Official Vehicle of Raider Nation when the team begins play in Las Vegas in 2020 and will be a Founding Partner of new Allegiant Stadium. The announcement included this special video welcome from Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.

Nov 7, 2019: NLL and Grabyo announce a partnership with Grabyo to deliver real time game highlights across multiple digital and social platforms when the NLL’s 2019-20 season kicks off Nov 29.

Nov 13, 2019: Raiders and Legends announce M Resort Spa Casino as “Official Team Headquarters Hotel” beginning in 2020 for the team’s move to new Raiders Performance Center as part of their relocation to Las Vegas and new Allegiant Stadium. As part of the partnership, M Resort will open an official Raiders-branded restaurant tentatively named “Raiders Bar & Grill.”

Nov 14, 2019: The Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District (LSED) voted to approve the first phase of the planned $450 million renovation of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome by approving Broadmoor LLC as the project’s construction firm. The first phase, largely back-of-house work, includes building a large kitchen and food-service area and adding exits to prepare for the removal of the ramps inside the Dome. The cost of the first phase is approximately $100 million. As the primary tenants of the stadium, the New Orleans Saints have agreed to pay for up to $150 million of the total project costs with the LSED and state covering the rest. Trahan Architects are the design firm for the project.

Nov 14, 2019: The National Women’s Hockey League announces that it has closed another round of equity funding led by entrepreneur Andy Scurto. Terms were not announced.

Nov 21, 2019: Chicago Fire announce a rebrand that includes changing the team’s official name to “Chicago Fire Football Club” from “Chicago Fire Soccer Club,” together with new team colors and a new logo.


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Updated: Nov 21, 2019