SBD/31/Sports Industrialists

NAMES IN THE NEWS

     Bulls Coach PHIL JACKSON said he still thinks MICHAEL JORDAN
will return to basketball:  "I still don't think it's over."
Jordan's number will be retired Tuesday night in a ceremony that
will be nationally televised on TNT (CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
10/31)....The BOSTON GLOBE SUNDAY MAGAZINE profiled LES OTTEN,
one of New England's largest ski industrialists. Otten, 45, owns
a ski resort in Maine and New Hampshire, with the purchase of a
third mountain in Vermont pending. Otten is "generally respected
in Maine as a man who has been able to prosper in a poor economy
without totally alienating environmentalist" (Edgar Allen Beem,
BOSTON GLOBE SUNDAY MAGAZINE, 10/31)....A's GM SANDY ALDERSON is
in Vietnam with "Interplast," a volunteer medical team that
travels worldwide giving free reconstructive surgery for those
who can't afford it (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/30)....New Spectator
Management Group CEO HAROLD WESTLEY called sports facilities
"economically obsolete," and "thus SMG advocates that lots of
space be given over to suites, luxury seats and ample areas where
fans can spend money on food, beverages, and souvenirs" (PHILA.
INQUIRER, 10/31).
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