LAS VEGAS—Seth Palansky, who for the past five years has overseen corporate communications efforts for the NFL Network, the league's owned and operated television channel, has been named communications director for the World Series of Poker and the sports and entertainment division of Harrah's Entertainment.
Palansky will replace Gary Thompson, who was named director of corporate communications for Harrah's Entertainment and will report to Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the WSOP and vice president of sports & entertainment for Harrah's. Thompson will continue to advise Pollack and will lead efforts to re-launch the Poker Hall of Fame.
As official spokesman for the NFL Network and for the league on television and media-policy issues, Palansky reported directly to NFL president and CEO Steve Bornstein and NFL senior vice president Greg Aiello. He oversaw the launch of the channel and was responsible for all corporate communications strategy and media relations functions pertaining to distribution, marketing, legal, government affairs, programming, production, talent relations and sales.
Prior to that, he managed media relations for News Corporation’s Fox Sports Net, a collection of 15 regional cable networks.