UMass Amherst Sport Management Program to Honor Alumni Paul Archey of Major League Baseball and Jim Carr of NAIA

March 31, 2010

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AMHERST, Mass. – The sport management program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has named Paul Archey, senior vice president of international business operations for Major League Baseball, and Jim Carr, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the winners of the 2010 Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The award, launched in 1993, annually recognizes select UMass Amherst sport management alumni for their professional excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry, and for their dedication to the program. “Both Paul and Jim make us proud. Their work exemplifies leadership in the sport industry in the professional and college sport ranks. Both are unselfish with their time and dedication to our program,” said Lisa Masteralexis, head of the sport management department.

Archey joined Major League Baseball in 1989 through its Executive Development Program. Following his tenure in the Office of the Commissioner, he was hired as the director of MLB Australia, where he was responsible for business and baseball development efforts in Australia and instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Baseball League. In 1992, he returned to the New York office as director of market development for MLBI, responsible for coordinating grassroots development programs to support Major League Baseball’s business initiatives. In 1995, Archey was named vice president of television and sponsorship sales for MLBI.

Archey was promoted to senior vice president of international business operations in 1999 and appointed to preside over the MLB Owners International Committee. In this capacity he developed and implemented a business plan that has increased revenues from MLBI’s business units by nearly 500 percent while significantly increasing television exposure in more than 220 countries around the world.

As president and CEO of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Carr provides leadership for a national staff, nearly 300 member institutions, over 45,000 student-athletes and thousands of coaches and athletic administrators. Carr is instrumental in driving revenue for the association, develops and implements programs to strengthen NAIA membership, ensures integrity in all NAIA programs and is the lead in membership recruitment efforts.

Carr practiced law with the full service law firm of Maynard, Cooper and Gale, P.C. in Birmingham, Ala. from 1994-98. His primary areas of practice were public finance, corporate and intellectual property. Carr also served as director of licensing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 1989-91. At UNLV, Carr strengthened policing and marketing efforts that contributed to a 300 percent increase in royalty revenue from the 1990-91 academic year.

Masteralexis will present Archey and Carr with the VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus award on April 27 during the Sport Management Award Dinner at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.