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Sixers Dir of Player Personnel GENE SHUE has also been named assistant GM (PHILA. INQUIRER, 9/17)....Orioles owner PETER ANGELOS approved the consideration of assistant GM DOUG MELVIN in Rangers President TOM SCHIEFFER's "very preliminary search" to replace TOM GRIEVE (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/17)....The Orioles own staffing changes might include switching GM ROLAND HEMOND to vice chair and bumping assistant GM FRANK ROBINSON to GM. (Baltimore SUN, 9/18)....Event operations manager SCOTT KIRKPATRICK has been made VP at Kemper Sports Marketing (CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS, 9/12 issue).
Bruce McNall, the former owner of the L.A. Kings and Toronto Argonauts, "repeatedly invoked the fifth amendment" when asked during a bankruptcy proceeding if he had secreted funds overseas. When questioned if he had transferred large sums of money to bank accounts in Switzerland, England, and Liechtenstein, McNall chose not to answer (Jim Tranquada, L.A. DAILY NEWS, 9/17). McNall is mired in "bankruptcy proceedings and the FBI is looking into his role in the disappearance of $3.3M in ancient coins from a fund he managed" (Sallie Hofmeister, NEW YORK TIMES, 9/19).
In a "Sports Center" interview, JIM BROWN expressed disapproval of the NFL's "embarassing pension plan" and lack of conversation about retired players (ESPN, 9/18)....In New York, Gary Myers reports on NFLPA Exec Dir GENE UPSHAW'S new six-year, $6M contract. Upshaw was recently re-elected to a 30-year term, but his contract covers employment for six years. He made about $500,000 a year under his previous deal (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/18)....PETE ROZELLE was interviewed in the N.Y. TIMES. Asked what the biggest change in pro football was: "It's obviously more litigious." Asked why an antitrust exemption would be so important to the NFL: "The exemption would be wonderful because of the unique status of a sports league -- you have to have rules to run a sports league" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/18)....U.S. NEWS profiles Cowboys owner JERRY JONES. Jones recently "angered" some other NFL owners by suggesting each franchise market its own logo and retain part of the profits. Browns owner ART MODELL argues NFL licensing forms many national ad campaigns and Jones' plan would allow advertisers to invest in individual markets, eventually fragmenting the league's national TV contract. Jones also upset owners by signing corporate sponsorships to allow "exclusive access" to his players and team facilities. Jones doesn't intend to share this money because the logo is not directly involved. Broncos owner PAT BOWLEN calls Jones' move a "grey area" that the "league is going to have to address" (U.S. NEWS, 9/26 issue).