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June 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Storm names replacement for longtime executive Karen Bryant

The Storm revamped its front-office to ultimately replace Karen Bryant, the organization’s first employee hired in 1999. Bryant, 46, announced in January she would resign as team president and CEO on July 31. Alisha Valavanis, a former Cal assistant athletics director of development, was named Storm chief operating officer on Wednesday. She’ll oversee…


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January 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Storm to lose its Bing?


Storm G Tanisha Wright with Camille Little (l) and Tina Thompson (r)

Positive news surfaced Thursday in the Golden State Warriors confirming it is interested in operating a WNBA team. Los Angeles Sparks chairman Paula Madison announced Thursday her family-owned business could no longer operate the team, laying off the front office staff and coaches on New Year’s eve.

Madison told the Associated Press her family lost $12 million since taking over the franchise in 2007, including $1.4 million last season. The Sparks lost its major sponsorship deal with Farmer’s Insurance in 2012, which added to the financial problems for the team.

LA and Phoenix were the first to sign those “marquee” deals in 2009, replacing the team name to the sponsors’ name on the front of jerseys.

The Storm could lose its title sponsor, Bing, according to team co-owner Lisa Brummel, who’s a Microsoft executive. Seattle isn’t expected to suffer like LA, however.


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December 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel named to the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Lisa Brummel, co-owner of the Storm and top executive at Microsoft, was named part of the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. The ceremonial banquet is in April. Brummel was a four-sport athlete at Yale who led the basketball team to an Ivy League championship its 1978-79 season. She won another Ivy League…


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