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The 17th Annual International Sport Summit -- the longest- running and largest sports business trade show -- has been scheduled for January 17 - 18 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Featured speakers will include: JOHN KRIMSKY, ALAN ROTHENBERG, JON MILLER, DAVID FALK, JERRY SOLOMON, DOUG PIRNIE, HARLAN STONE, EDDIE EINHORN, BILL TORREY, TRICIA BORK, DAVID CHECKETTS, JOHN BENNETT, and STEPHEN DISSON. Executive Director of the International Sport Summit, CRAIG TARTASKY: "By the quality of its speakers and attendees, the Sport Summit helps to define the panorama of the sports business landscape. Given all the recent changes in TV, leagues, and ownership, attending the Sport Summit becomes essential to remaining 'in the loop' of our business." Last year's summit drew over 1,000 industry executives and 50 exhibitors (THE DAILY).
Dave Kindred profiles PAT GILLICK, who is retiring as Blue Jays GM after 18 years. Gillick plans to do some consulting work for the Jays and work on a pet project -- attracting more African-American young people to hockey. Gillick, on sports in 20 years: "We're seeing the end of the family-owned teams. Ownerships will be corporate stuff" (THE SPORTING NEWS, 10/3 issue)....UNC basketball coach DEAN SMITH "sees no place" for beer ads during college games and challenged the presidents of ACC schools to do something about the issue (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/29)....NBC News highlighted the conflict between O.J. SIMPSON merchandise and Simpson's attorneys who say the "marketing infringes on trademark rights" secured shortly after the murders ("Nightly News," NBC, 9/29). Proctor & Gamble is asking TV networks not to air its ads if they plan to replace regular daytime shows with coverage of the Simspon trial (PHILA. INQUIRER, 9/30)....The suit against MARIO LEMIEUX brought by a woman hit by an errant puck was dropped "hours before he was supposed to testify" ("SportCenter," ESPN, 9/29).