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The Grizzlies are set to name Warriors exec TODD LEIWEKE as their new club president. Leiweke is president of the Warriors' arena development company. His brother, Timothy, is president of the Nuggets (TORONTO STAR, 10/26)....THE SPORTING NEWS named the Indians Exec VP and GM JOHN HART as Major League Baseball's "Executive of the Year." Hart finished well ahead of runner up BUD SELIG (Indians)... LEE TUNICK was named as national sales manager at Sporting Goods Dealer in New York. He was regional sales manager (ADVERTISING AGE, 10/24 issue).
On the anniversary of the NFL's expansion award to the Carolinas and JERRY RICHARDSON, Panthers owner Richardson reflects on the year's events and progress in a CHARLOTTE OBSERVER interview. Richardson credits the advice of former NFL Commissioner PETE ROZELLE as an invaluable factor in Charlotte gaining a franchise. Richardson says it's "amazing" that no other expansion hopefuls contacted Rozelle (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/26)....A pre-trial hearing date of December 16 has been set in BRYAN COX's lawsuit against the NFL, according to Cox's lawyer. Cox is suing the league claiming it did not provide adequate security in a game last season in which Bills' fans taunted Cox, prompting him to respond with an obscene gesture. The lawsuit does not ask for monetary damages, only for a permanent change in league security policy (MIAMI HERALD, 10/26)....FORBES lists Callaway Golf founder ELY CALLAWAY as No. 1 in their list of highest paid bosses among their 200 Best Small Companies in America (FORBES, 11/7 issue)....Saints Owner TOM BENSON is reportedly interested in owning an NHL team. BRIAN BURKE, NHL Senior VP & Dir of Hockey Ops, said the league "would smile" on Benson owning an NHL team (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 10/23).... Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT and Radio Talk Show host DON IMUS are donating $4,000 a piece to help the family of a cancer-stricken 6- year-old in Lowell, MA (AP/Mult., 10/25)....Tennis writer Josh Young lists the eight most powerful people in tennis, in descending order: IMG Chair MARK MCCORMACK, IMG Sr. VP ROBERT KAIN, ATP Tour CEO MARK MILES, Nike Chair PHILIP KNIGHT, Agassi Enterprises chair ANDRE AGASSI, ProServ Chair DONALD DELL, Advantage Int'l Managing Dir PHIL de PICCIOTTO, ESPN/CBS commentator MARY CARILLO (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/26)....Former Colt and Hall of Famer ART DONOVAN, on with David Letterman last night: "These quarterbacks today, they go back to throw the ball and before they get hit, they get hurt. I was watching the Giants the other day and I was watching the guy on the field, he got hurt and he's laying on the ground, next thing you know they got 18 guys around him. They got the chaplin, the equipment manager, they got the doctor. The guy is laying on the field like he got shot. Then after 15 minutes he jumps up and runs off the field. I am saying to myself, 'What kind of bullshit is this!'" ("Late Show," CBS, 10/25).