People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

Canada Basketball President & CEO GLEN GRUNWALD is "stepping down" from his role and "will move into a consultant’s role." Grunwald helped put the organization on "solid financial footing." Canada Basketball COO MICHAEL BARTLETT, who left Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment to join the organization earlier this year, "will assume the CEO’s role from Grunwald" (TORONTO STAR, 9/9).

LEWAND BACK IN FOOTBALL: Former Lions President TOM LEWAND is "joining the new spring football league, Major League Football, as a special executive consultant." He will help MLF President & CEO FRANK MURTHA "navigate the start-up of a league scheduled to launch in spring 2022." Lewand was Lions President from '08-15 and "has been largely out of football" since he and GM MARTIN MAYHEW were let go midway through the '15 season (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/9).

EXECS: GF Sports & Entertainment named Spectra Venue Management Dir of Finance AMANDA CAREYVA VP/Finance. Careyva will oversee all accounting functions across GF Sports & Entertainment’s portfolio of properties, as well as lead financial evaluation for new business opportunities (GF Sports & Entertainment)....ESPN N.Y. Radio GM TIM MCCARTHY "will be out at the end of the month." McCarthy has been with Disney for "more than three decades, and has spent nearly a quarter-century as the New York radio GM, between WABC and ESPN New York" (N.Y. POST, 9/9)....Sneaker retailer The Athlete’s Foot named Payless ShoeSource COO MATT LAFONE U.S. President & GM of Americas, effective immediately. LaFone "will manage operations in North, South and Central America and will report to" Owner & Exec Chair PARAM SINGH (, 9/8).

To have your personnel announcements included in “Executive Transactions,” please send information to

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: January 17, 2022

NFL's top selling teams and players; Jim Phillips puts CFP expansion on hold and Netflix looks to juice up interest in pro tennis.

SBJ Spotlight: January 14, 2022

SBJ Spotlight: NFL strength, CFP confusion and the stealth Olympics In today’s Spotlight Roundtable, SBJ’s Abe Madkour and John Ourand are joined by LiveLike CEO Miheer Walavalkar and Syracuse sports management professor Rick Burton to talk about big news in sports business. Topics included the ratings strength of the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys; confusion in college sports and the CFP; tech advances and the metaverse; and how NBC is just trying to get through the Beijing Games on the way to Paris and L.A.

SBJ Unpacks: Ben Sutton and George Pyne

Two college football insiders, Teall Capital’s Ben Sutton and Bruin Capital’s George Pyne, discuss the College Football Playoff expansion, driving more value from the championship game and the future of bowl games in this game day edition of the SBJ Unpacks podcast.

Shareable URL copied to clipboard!

Sorry, something went wrong with the copy but here is the link for you.