Susanne Lyons, a U.S. Olympic Com- mittee board mem- ber and the former chief marketing offi- cer at Visa, will serve
as acting CEO of the USOC while the
search for a permanent successor begins. Lyons succeeds Scott Blackmun,
who resigned his position, citing ongoing health issues related to recently
diagnosed prostate cancer.
Carlos Cordeiro has been named the 32nd president of U.S. Soc- cer. A former Gold- man Sachs executive, Cordeiro has served
as the acting vice-president of U.S. Soccer since 2016 and is a member of the
federation’s board. Cordeiro will serve a
four-year term, succeeding Sunil Gulati,
who had been president since 2006.
World Poker Tour has announced a four- year contract exten- sion for President and CEO Adam Pliska, who has held that
role since 2009. Pliska joined World
Poker Tour in 2003 and helped take the
company public the following year.
Yvette Martinez-Rea has been appointed CEO and managing director of
e-sports company ESL North America.
Additionally, Craig Levine, who previously served as the company’s CEO,
has been named global chief strategy officer. Martinez-Rea previously
served as chief operating officer at ESL
North America. A veteran gamer, Levine
founded Team 3D, one of the first professional e-sports teams.
Alexander “Sandy” Brown has been
named commissioner of Major League
Lacrosse, becoming just the second leader in the outdoor league’s 18-year history. Brown replaces David Gross, who
had led the league since 2004. Brown
most recently was president and CEO of
the HD channel One World Sports.
The World Baseball Softball Confederation has announced the launch
BOXBy Jennifer Lee
Las Vegas Plans
For New Park
New baseball stadium will
house Las Vegas 51s
beginning in 2019
Work has begun on the new Las Vegas Ballpark, a 10,000-person capacity stadium that will be the future home of the Las Vegas 51s, a member of the Pacific Coast League
and a Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. The team plans to relocate from
Cashman Field when the new ballpark opens at the start of the 2019 season.
Located on approximately eight acres, the stadium is the second major
sports facility in Downtown Summerlin, home to 400 acres of retail, entertainment, office, hotel and multi-family housing within the 22,500-acre Summerlin
Also under construction in Las Vegas is a 65,000-capacity football stadium located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip. The stadium will house the NFL’s
Raiders when it opens in August 2020. n J.L.