UM’s ‘Hurricane Sports Properties’ names House new general manager

Robert “Duffy” House recently was promoted to general manager for the University of Miami’s “Hurricane Sports Properties” (HSP) team. HSP is the exclusive multimedia rights holder for UM Athletics and operates as a joint venture of Learfield Sports and IMG College.

House joined HSP in March 2011 as associate general manager, a position now assumed by former general manager Jim McIver who now will concentrate on business development and client retention. The entire HSP staff boasts years of strategic sports marketing and sales expertise.

House has been associated with the South Florida sports industry for nearly 15 years, having served as executive director, corporate marketing for Sunrise Sports & Entertainment. He also is the former executive director for the LPGA’s ADT Championship (2007- 09) and director of corporate partnerships for the Orange Bowl Committee (2003-07). Additionally, he was with Executive Sports International serving as manager/director, sales and marketing for the Royal Caribbean Classic (1998-2003).

House graduated from St. Thomas University and was a member of the golf team.

“Our Hurricane Sports Properties’ team is top notch and a tremendous asset to UM Athletics with their industry knowledge and sales experience. Individually, they each possesses diverse talents which makes them great as a whole,” said Learfield Sports vice president Kelly Jensen, who previously served inside the Miami Athletics Department and is a former HSP general manager.

“Without a doubt, we’ve assembled an excellent team for our business at Miami, and we’re looking forward to continuing to do great things together.”

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