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JOHN MURRAY, JR and MARTIN PAYSON were named to the Board of Directors of Meridian Sports Incorporated, a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of botas and water sports equipment. Murray retired as Chair and CEO of Wilson Sporting Goods in 1989 and Payson retired as Vice Chairman of Time Warner Inc. in 1992 (Meridian)....RONALD ZARRELLA, President and CEO of Bausch & Lomb, will become VP/Marketing for General Motors. Zarrella will handle marketing programs for all GM brands except Saturn (USA TODAY, 11/17).
JEREMY JACOBS, owner of the Bruins and SportService, is profiled in today's WALL STREET JOURNAL under the header: "Concession King's Son Fights Mob Stigma As He Builds Empire" (John Emshwiller, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/17).
The NFL lecture series at the Smithsonian in Washington DC ended last night with a discussion of the league's relationship with the media. The panel: NFL President NEIL AUSTRIAN, ABC Sports VP DENNIS LEWIN, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's PETER KING, Baltimore SUN reporter JOHN STEADMAN. The discussion was moderated by BOSTON GLOBE columnist WILL MCDONOUGH. The panel chronicled media coverage from the '50s to the future. NFL Commissioner PAUL TAGLIABUE was also in attendance and gave the closing remarks. The lecture series is just one of many events planned for this year's 75th anniversary of the league (THE DAILY).