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Logan's USA track and field future cloudy



Doug Logan marks his second anniversary as USA Track and Field's chief executive on Wednesday, but learned last week that he could be ousted as early as next month.

According to sources within the American governing body for athletics, Logan was in Columbus, Ohio, last Thursday to meet with USATF president Stephanie Hightower and Jeff Darman of the organisation's board of directors.

Logan was told he must show improvement by mid-August, or face dismissal.

Hightower and Darman confirmed last week's meeting, but declined further comment.

"We have an obligation to evaluate our CEO," said Hightower, a former world-class hurdler and USATF's president since December 2008.

"We started that process about a month and a half ago. We went over our findings at a board meeting in Des Moines (during June's national championships there).

"This was a follow-up meeting with Doug, based upon the results of his evaluation. Anything regarding personnel issues, as the board chairman, I'm not at liberty to discuss." Darman had nothing to add.

"For me to talk about the evaluation process -- for Doug, or any other employee -- would be inappropriate," he said. Logan said that, like all other USATF staff members, he is currently undergoing an evaluation process.

"This is something that's good for the sport, good for the board, and good for me," said Logan, directing further queries to Hightower.

Also reportedly unhappy with Logan's reign is sports apparel giant Nike, USATF's chief sponsor.

"I can't speak for Nike," Hightower said. "We have a partnership agreement with them, but I've never had any conversations with them (regarding Logan's performance)." Logan denied any friction with Nike.

"I have no idea where that's coming from," he said. "I find that hard to believe, given the day-to-day dialogue I have with them." Logan took over as USATF's CEO on July 21, 2008, replacing Craig Masback, who had held the post since 1997.

A one-time beer vendor at Yankee Stadium and a Vietnam veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division, the 66-year-old Logan was Major League Soccer's first commissioner from 1995 to 1999.

Prior to joining USATF, Logan headed his own sports consulting and entrepreneurial firm with clients in North and South America and Spain.



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