TBS To Film Series About Kenny Smith Dodgers Renew Rights With KLAC-AM Fox Unveils MLB Playoff On-Air Talent NHL Closes On $1.4B Credit Facility All-Female Sports Talk Show To Debut SI, Travel Channel Plan Swimsuit Series T'Wolves Line Up Midnight Event AEG Seeks Extension On L.A. Stadium Project FCC Ends Its Sports Blackout Rule Sources: Chivas USA Suspending Operations
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JAY BURZON was named VP/Sales at INSIDE SPORTS. Burzon was VP Sales at Hachette Filipacchi Magazine (AD AGE, 12/12 issue)....CBS' Olympic coordinating producer MIKE PEARL is a "target" of Turner Sports after DON MCGUIRE resigns as Senior VP/Production on January 20....Ex-Georgetown basketball star MICHAEL JACKSON will be assistant to Turner Sports President HARVEY SCHILLER (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 12/13)....WLS-TV- Chicago has hired MARK GIANGRECO from rival WMAQ to be sports director and sports anchor for its 5pm and 10pm newscasts (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 12/12 issue).
Speedskater BONNIE BLAIR is expected to be announced as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED "Sportswoman of the Year." Speedskater JOHANN OLAV KOSS of Norway is expected to be named "Sportsman of the Year" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/13)....JOHN DALY will return to the PGA Tour for the Mercedes Championships on January 5-8. He has not played on the Tour since August 28 (USA TODAY, 12/13)....BOB COSTAS on the strike in baseball: "Historically, the owners have screwed everything up." But Costas says of the players: "They're lavishly compensated. They seem to have little perspective about how fortunate they are. And they, half they time, seem resentful" (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 12/13).... WORKING WOMAN rated the 20 highest paid women at U.S. corporations. 2. SHERRY LANSING, Chair at Paramount Pictures, $3M 7. LUCIE SALHANY, Former Chair Fox Broadcasting, $1.5M (WORKING WOMAN, 1/95 issue)....Senior VP/CBS Broadcast group, NEIL PILSON will be awarded the Olympic Order, the highest honor given by the IOC's Council of the Olympic Order for outstanding service to the Olympic cause (CBS)....On "Good Morning America," ABC's TIM MCCARVER discussed the sports memorabilia industry with ED SCHAUDER, President of Championship Marketing Group, and TUG MCGRAW, and Chairman of Major League Baseball Players Alumni Marketing. Schauder: "The industry itself is a great industry and wonderful hobby, but what winds up happening though is the temptation is great and unscrupulous people enter the scene and creat a lot of problems." McGraw: "At the top end where cards are produced and traded like commodities, it's also a little bit shady -- but I think it's more regulated there because of licensing through baseball properties and the player's association. But as a whole, the industry does need to be tightened up and buttoned up and regulated to some extent" (ABC, 12/13).... KRISTI YAMAGUCHI appeared on "Today" to promote the Discover "Stars On Ice" tour. She cited recent Olympics for giving the sport a boost: "[There are] a lot of new names coming out of that -- names people want to see on TV. So these competitions are a perfect way to bring excitement and the skaters to the audience" (NBC, 12/13).