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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).

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         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
    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).

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