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Expansion MLS club Inter Miami CF named former Orlando City GM/Soccer Operations NIKI BUDALIC Dir of Soccer Operations. Budalic will report directly to Sporting Dir PAUL MCDONOUGH and "work alongside" Technical Dir KURT SCHMID (, 1/7).

SHAKEUP IN THE DEN: The Lions "parted ways" with VP/Football Administration MATT HARRISS after three years on the job. Harriss "oversaw all aspects of the football side of the business" (, 1/7). Meanwhile, the Lions named NFL Cardinals Dir of Football Administration MIKE DISNER VP/Football Administration to replace Harriss as the "lead contract negotiator." Disner previously worked with Lions GM BOB QUINN and coach MATT PATRICIA with the Patriots (, 1/8).

EXECS: CBC Sports CEO GREG STREMLAW will be "leaving the corporation later this month" to become President & CEO of an "unnamed professional sports franchise." Stremlaw served as GM of Olympic coverage for CBC and Radio-Canada for the '16 and '18 Games. He also led CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" operations (, 1/8)....MLL named Baseball America Dir of Digital Content TOM JOHNSON Chief Digital Officer (MLL)....The Women's Professional Lacrosse League named Turnkey Search Managing Dir & GM RICK ALESSANDRI Strategic Advisor & Equity Investor (WPLL)....The MLB Cardinals promoted the following: BRIAN SEYFERT to Senior Developer of Baseball Development; EMILY WIEBE to Baseball Development Analyst, Player Development & Performance; JAVIER DURAN to Baseball Operations Analyst; MICHAEL WHITTY to Manager of Baseball Communications; and CHRIS TUNNO to Administrator of Baseball Information & Media Services (Cardinals).

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