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SENIOR GOLFER magazine appointed BRUCE GUTHRIE as New England Manager of Sales and Advertising (SENIOR GOLFER). ....Sunshine Network added three account executives to their advertising sales department: JERRY BRANNON, LINDA HANNAU and DEBBIE WILNER (Sunshine)....Reds GM Jim Bowden was given a 5-year contract extension, the first time Reds owner Marge Schott has given a contract extension to a GM in her ten years as Reds owner (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/16).
In Boston, Peter Gammons reports that rumors are circulating that PETER O'MALLEY may have the Dodgers on the block, and that Sony may be the suitor (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/16)....One of the "biggest remnants of BRUCE McNALL's crumbling financial empire -- the silver and black jet that carried" the Kings -- was auctioned Sunday in CA, for $500,000 to the owner of an aviation company (VANCOUVER SUN, 10/17).... In Washington, Marc Fisher profiles fight promoter ROCK NEWMAN and his close relationship with likely DC Mayor Marion Barry (WASHINGTON POST, 10/16)....News Corp. Chair RUPERT MURDOCH plans to "smooth the path for his children to take control of his global media company by buying out the interests of his extended family" (N.Y. POST, 10/14)....In an AD AGE poll of its daily fax readers, 58% said that MICHAEL JORDAN's image as an endorser has weakened since his retirement (AD AGE, 10/17 issue)....Pistons owner BILL DAVIDSON gave the Jewish Theological Seminary of America $15M, the largest single donation ever given to a Jewish school (N.Y. POST, 10/14)....CFL Commissioner LARRY SMITH was named "Marketer of the Year" by the Toronto chapter of the American Marketing Association (TORONTO STAR, 10/14)....A second Gretzky's restaurant is expected to open at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. The original Gretzky's, owned by the BITOVE family, with a small interest belonging to WAYNE GRETZKY, "has been a huge success" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/15).