January 12, 2007

Ticats named Scott Mitchell president

HAMILTON (CFL.ca wire) -– The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced on Friday that Scott Mitchell has been appointed president of the organization.

“Scott brings a wealth of knowledge and strong leadership credentials to this position,” said owner Bob Young. “Scott’s unique football and business background will be a huge benefit to this franchise.”

After previously working in a senior capacity with Young’s group of companies Mitchell, joins the Ticats to oversee all aspects of the organization.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to be part of the Ticats organization,” said Mitchell. “We have a lot of goals on both the football and business side to accomplish and I’m looking forward to working with this talented staff to tackle these challenges.”

Mitchell’s football pedigree is impressive. The Alberta native became one of the first Canadian quarterbacks to attend a NCAA Division I school with Bucknell in 1990. Mitchell transferred to the University of Toronto in 1992 and played a key role as a receiver for three seasons. In 1993, he helped lead the Varsity Blues to their first Vanier Cup championship in over 30 years, after which he was drafted and signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Mitchell also possesses remarkable business experience. His career began with the CFL’s Baltimore Stallions before he initiated a career in sports broadcasting, management and marketing in Toronto. After beginning his broadcast career with Hockey Night in Canada, Mitchell went on to produce an array of professional and amateur sports, including NHL hockey, CFL and CIS football, and NLL lacrosse. He has spent a majority of the last eight years working on his own sports marketing agency and production company he founded in 1999, while also working with renowned athlete representative Gil Scott to establish the pre-eminent Canadian sports management agency, focusing on NFL, CFL and hockey executives as clients.

The club also announced that Rob Katz has stepped down as chief operating officer and has taken a senior business position in Young’s group of companies.

“I had the opportunity to work with a lot of great people with the Ticats and the CFL,” said Katz. “I believe with Marcel (Desjardins) and Charlie (Taaffe) we have built a solid foundation for the future.”