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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS: EXITS AND ENTRANCES IN TEXAS

         DOUG MELVIN was named new Rangers GM.  Melvin had been
    Assistant Orioles GM (Mult., 10/11).  Meanwhile, Rangers Dir of
    Marketing MARTY CONWAY's resignation was announced.  Team
    officials said Conway left for "personal reasons" (FORT WORTH
    STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/7)....ED LYNCH has been named the Cubs' fourth
    GM in eight years (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/10).... The Baseball
    Network's VP of Sales JED PETRICK is now head of media sales for
    Warner Brothers' new WP Television Network.  Petrick was at Fox
    Sports before TBN....DDB Needham's New York and Chicago media
    departments have consolidated under single management by PAGE
    THOMPSON, the new U.S. Media Director at DDB Needham Worldwide,
    New York (AD AGE, 10/10 issue)....DRT Industries Chair ROBERT
    LEVY has been named Chair of the Philadelphia Sports Congress.
    The Congress is part of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors
    Bureau and aims to attract sports events and sports-related
    conventions (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/10)....Cox Enterprises has
    named DAVID EASTERLY president and CEO (WALL STREET JOURNAL,
    10/10)....Phillies GM LEE THOMAS is reported to be "lapping the
    field" in the competition to become new Cardinals' GM.  Cardinals
    President Mark Lamping spoke to Thomas by phone yesterday and
    indicated another discussion will take place "probably today or
    tomorrow" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/11).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         LAURENCE TISCH is reportedly "pitching BARRY DILLER to join
    CBS as its CEO. Included in the deal would be an equity stake for
    Diller."  Diller is said to be listening to the deal, but will
    wait on a decision until the QVC situation is completed (USA
    TODAY, 10/10)...."Entertainment Tonight" profiled SHAQUILLE
    O'NEAL's new video, "Shaq Fu."  Karate instructor Dave Parmley:
    "This is Shaq Fu, need I say more?" ("ET," 10/10)....Microsoft
    co-founder/TrailBlazers owner PAUL ALLEN has bought a minority
    interest in Medio Multimedia Inc., which publishers entertainment
    and reference CD-ROMs (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 10/7)....FRED
    LEBOW, the man who made "marathoning irresistible New York street
    theater while he sold running as a legitimate lifestyle, died on
    Sunday after a long battle with brain cancer.  He was 62.  Allan
    Steinfeld, Lebow's right-hand man at the New York Road Runners
    Club for 16 years called Lebow "the P.T. Barnum of the sport"
    (NEWSDAY, 10/10)....Last Friday night in Houston, HAKEEM OLAJUWON
    was the featured guest at a benefit for Rwanda's "Children of
    Hope."  The event netted more than $100,000 and Olajuwon was
    awareded UNICEF's "Children's Champion Award," which "has been
    given only three times before to people for their humanitarian
    efforts on behalf of children" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/10).
         BALTIMORE BOYS:  This morning's BALTIMORE SUN profiles PETER
    ANGELOS as a lawyer and negotiator.  "His fellow team owners may
    be reluctant to listen to [his] ideas for settling baseball's
    walkout, but people who have negotiated with the seasoned labor
    lawyer say his style of seeking common ground may be just what it
    will take to get the game back on the field" (BALITMORE SUN,
    10/11).... Yesterday's WASHINGTON POST profiled the career of
    fellow Baltimore sports-mogul JIM SPEROS, who "isn't shy about
    highlighting his achievement."  Speros:  "Everything I said from
    the beginning I've lived up to.  In seven months, we've been able
    to renovate a stadium and put a competitive football team on the
    field.  We lead the [CFL] in attendance.  We lead the league in
    corporate sponsorship.  We lead the league in concession sales,
    merchandise sales.  We lead the league in almost every category"
    (WASHINGTON POST, 10/10).
    

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