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Clemson Univ. and entrepreneur ROBERT HOWELL BROOKS announced plans to establish "an interdisciplinary sports institute devoted to the study of sports engineering, management, marketing and communication." Included will be the opportunity for engineering graduate students to conduct research in cooperation with NASCAR racing teams. The Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute will be backed by a $2.5M pledge, with endowments to be made through Hooters of America, Brooks' restaurant chain (Hooters).
The Sabres on Friday announced the election of former Madison Square Garden Network President DOUGLAS MOSS as the team's new President and CEO. Garden President DAVE CHECKETTS said MARTY BROOKS, Senior VP of Programming and Production, will be placed in charge of the network on an interim basis (Steve Zipay, N.Y. NEWSDAY, 11/12). In addition to the Sabres, Moss will oversee the AHL Rochester Americans and the construction of the new Crossroads Center (Bob Raissman, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/12).
The N.Y. TIMES' William Rhoden profiles Panthers co-owner BILL SIMMS, the first African-American to have an ownership interest in an NFL team since 1967 and the second African- American to gain membership to the Augusta National Golf Club (N.Y. TIMES, 11/13)....The following radio ad was run against former Chiefs QB BILL KENNEY during his successful bid for a MO state legislative seat: "During Kenney's best season, only 11,000 Chiefs fans attended the Denver game. Kenney's leadership resulted in the longest losing streak in Chiefs history, a decade without a playoff win, and two player strikes costing businesses millions. Now Bill Kenney wants to play games with your taxes ..." (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/13).