This week in the sports media and marketing ecosystem, MTV taps former Bleacher Report President Rory Brown, The Players/PGA Tour welcomes former Jacksonville Director of Public Affairs, and the New Jersey Devils expand their front office.
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MTV Taps Ex-Bleacher Report Exec Rory Brown
Rory Brown is joining MTV in the newly created position of Head of Digital and Social Media for MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo brands. In his new role, Brown will work closely with Viacom Digital Studios to develop and produce content for all the brands previously listed. Brown most recently served as President of Bleacher Report for the past three years until he left the sports media company at the end of 2018.
Jacksonville Director of Public Affairs Joins The Players/PGA Tour
Marsha Oliver has resigned from her role as Director of Public Affairs for the city of Jacksonville, FL in order to begin working as Director of Community Outreach with The Players/PGA Tour. Oliver originally began her role with the city of Jacksonville in 2015. In her new role with The Players/PGA Tour, Oliver will oversee the tournament’s charitable efforts and military-related activities.
New Jersey Devils Add to Front Office
Tyler Dellow has been brought on by the New Jersey Devils as the team’s Vice President of Analytics. In his new role, Dellow will lead work across all hockey operations departments of the team in order to enhance the planning and execution of focused initiatives. Dellow most recently worked as a staff writer for The Athletic specializing in analytics within the hockey community.
MLB Promotes Within Communications Staff
Matt Bourne has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Communications of MLB after working as Vice President of Business Communications for the last eight years with the league. In his new role, Bourne will oversee MLB communications across both baseball and non-baseball initiatives, and will work closely with the communication staff of all 30 MLB organizations. Prior to his tenure with the MLB, Bourne worked with the NBA as the league’s Vice President of Marketing Communications.
Holt Siblings to Overtake Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Peter J. Holt and Corinna Holt Richter have been appointed to top roles with Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Holt has taken the position of SS&E chairman and co-CEO while Richter will now serve on the board of managers of the entertainment company. This change in leadership has been long anticipated following the siblings’ father, Peter M. Holt, stepping down as the company’s chairman and CEO in March of 2016.
Longtime NFL Voice Signs Multi-year Extension with ESPN
Bill Barnwell has signed a new multi-year extension with ESPN, allowing him to continue his online column, podcast, and contributions to ESPN Radio, television, and digital platforms. In addition to these standing roles, Barnwell will also venture into other coverage realms on occasion which will include soccer, baseball, basketball, and hockey analysis. Barnwell originally joined ESPN in 2011 as a leading staff writer of Grantland after previously working as a Managing Editor with Football Outsiders.
MSE Director of Esports Business Steps Away from Company
Grant Paranjape announced on Twitter that he is leaving Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Wizards District Gaming. Although his next career move has not been announced, Paranjape says he is finishing out his career with the gaming platform within the next three weeks and will announce his next move at a later date.
Millennial Esports CMO Promoted
Darren Cox has been promoted within Millennial Esports from his current role as Chief Marketing Officer to President, and to the company’s Board of Directors. Millennial Esports CEO Steve Shoemaker said the company is “confident that, with his unmatched database, decades of motorsport experience, and well-earned reputation as The Godfather of Esports Racing, Darren is the perfect fit to take this company forward.” Before joining Millennial Esports in 2017, Cox previously worked with Nissan Motor Corporation.
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