Wednesday, January 9, 2008

USATF CEO Craig Masback resigns to join Nike...

UPDATE: The official USA Track & Field release is now available here...

Sources in the running community have told that USA Track & Field chief executive officer Craig Masback will announce his resignation to accept a position with Nike, Inc.

Masback is currently the organization's second chief executive officer, replacing Ollan Cassell in July 1997.

Before USATF, Masback was a track & field commentator for NBC at the Barcelona & Atlanta Olympics, and provided network television commentary for numerous other track and field events for NBC, CBS, ESPN, and ABC over a 15-year broadcast career.

From 1982 through 1984, he worked for the International Olympic Committee as an assistant to the director of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He served on several USATF committees, while an athlete, marketing executive, and a lawyer.

In 1979, he was ranked as history’s sixth fastest miler with a time of 3:52.02.

In 1980, he was the U.S. indoor mile champion and former American record holder at 2,000 meters.

He co-founded Inclyne Sports, a sports marketing company that created a variety of sporting events, sold sponsorships and produced television programs that aired on CBS, NBC, ABC, and ESPN, including the Foot Locker Slam Dunk contest.

Masback graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School, attended Trinity College/Oxford University from 1977-79 on a Keasbey Foundation Fellowship and was the recipient of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

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