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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).
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).