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Executive Transactions

The XFL named longtime Athletic Trainer and KG Sports Med Owner KERRY GORDON VP/Health & Safety. She has over 21 years of experience as a licensed athletic trainer, spending 15 seasons consulting in the NFL (Eagles, Chiefs and Rams), one season in the NBA (Clippers) and 11 years full-time at Cirque de Soleil. Gordon began her career in '00 as a Seasonal Intern Athletic Trainer with the L.A. Xtreme, one of the eight original teams formed in the XFL's inaugural season and the first XFL Championship team. She will oversee all health and safety policies, procedures and protocols for the league, focusing on providing care for all XFL athletes in addition to directing the league's eight teams' Athletic Training Departments. She will report to XFL Exec VP/Football Operations MARC ROSS (XFL).

Sports and entertainment digital collectible company Candy Digital named SuperLayer Founder & Managing Partner KEVIN CHOU to its BOD. Chou in '17 became co-Founder & CEO of Gen.G Sports, where he still serves as Exec Chair. Chou's appointment comes on the heels of the company expanding into new categories such as motorsports, basketball, football and sports entertainment sine announcing its inaugural partnership with MLB last June (Candy Digital).

The Eagles have added former Broncos VP/Player Personnel MATT RUSSELL to their front office. A source said that his title is "not yet known," but he is "expected to serve in a senior personnel role akin to the senior football adviser position TOM DONAHOE recently held with the organization." Russell was a scout for the Eagles from '06-08 before leaving to become Broncos Dir of College Scouting in '09 (, 5/10).

The Premier Hockey Federation named former U.S. women's hockey player and Maples Crossing Dir of Athletic Development KACEY BELLAMY Scout & Player Relations Liaison. She will be responsible for harnessing in-depth knowledge of both the PHF and NCAA player pool and tasked with matters related to depth charts, communication plans with prospects and annual projections. Bellamy will assist PHF Commissioner REAGAN CAREY and Senior VP/Hockey Operations LISA HALEY in active communication and relationship building with NCAA and U Sports coaches while serving as an additional resource for graduating elite amateur athletes aspiring for careers at the next level (PHF).

Team IMPACT, a U.S. nonprofit that pairs children facing serious illness and disabilities with college sports teams, named former Stander US Environmental, Social & Governance Senior Manager HANNAH LONGMORE Dir of National Partnerships. In this new position for the organization, Longmore will report to National Dir of Marketing CAELI SULLIVAN. Longmore in '10 worked for the Celtics in Community Relations & Player Development (Team IMPACT).

nVenue named Bet.Works Founder & COO QUINTON SINGLETON Lead Betting Advisor. Quinton has worked in the online gaming and betting industry for over a decade. From '18 to '21, Singleton was with Bet.Works, which was acquired by Bally's Corporation last June (nVenue).

Learfield named PAT KREGER GM of UC Davis Sports Properties (Learfield).

Western Collegiate Hockey Association Commissioner JENNIFER FLOWERS has announced her resignation after three years to become Southwest Minnesota State Univ. AD, beginning July 1 (WCHA).

Univ. of Montana promoted GREG SUNDBERG to Deputy AD (Montana).

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