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  • APPAREL COMPANY HAS HAD THEIR FILA WITH MONICA'S ABSENCE

         In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, Fila
    claims that while Monica Seles "has remained out of tennis, the
    company has lost more than $6 million from a promotional deal
    gone fallow."  The company says it has "another dilemma:  As long
    as the contract is in effect, it can't sign another woman pro."
    Besides damages, the company also wants the court to determine
    whether the contract which runs through '96 is still valid.  Fila
    signed Seles in '90, and obtained the exclusive right to market
    and promote a Monica Seles line of tennis products.  They claim
    that tennis or no tennis, Seles "should have been making public
    appearances to promote the clothing lines produced for this year
    and next."  Fila went ahead with production of the line of
    clothing because Seles' agent, Stephanie Tolleson of IMG, "made
    several assurances that she would play."  It was not until April
    of this year, the suit says, that Tolleson declared Seles had no
    plans to return to pro tennis (David Lyons, MIAMI HERALD, 12/7).
    

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  • MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

         Attention sponsors:  the Jaguars are still trying to sell
    the naming rights to the "Gator Bowl" to a corporate sponsor.  So
    far no company has come forward with the $300,000-$1M a year
    asking price (USA TODAY, 12/7)....Molson Breweries has lost a
    court fight against John Labatt Ltd.'s use of "Winchester Gold"
    for one of its beers.  Molson argued that the name was too
    similar to Molson Golden, but the court said that Molson's
    trademark did not extend to the word "gold" or "golden" (Toronto
    GLOBE & MAIL, 12/7).... Quaker Oats has completed its $1.7B
    tender offer for the shares of the Snapple Beverage Corp. (N.Y.
    TIMES, 12/7).... Investor Warren Buffett said he has not decided
    whether to remain on the board of USAir, but he did say that his
    $385M investment in the company was a mistake (WASHINGTON POST,
    12/7)....INSIDE MEDIA's "Ear" column notes SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's
    launch of a new CD-ROM sponsored by De Beers diamond makers.
    Targeting the disk to young men, "the interactive De Beers
    messages on the disk help demystify the process of picking out a
    diamond engagement ring."  But there are questions about the
    popularity of anything titled "The Year in Sports, 1994" (COWLES
    BUSINESS MEDIA, 12/6).
    

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  • RODMAN/FOOT ACTION SPOT DRAWS MORE FIRE

         Others in the media and basketball have joined Cavaliers GM
    Wayne Embry in criticizing the Dennis Rodman/ Nike/Foot Action
    ad.  In the spot, Rodman is shown physically threatening Santa
    over his Christmas wish-list.  After listing Rodman's numerous
    rules infractions last season, Santa relents when told by an elf
    that he led the league in rebounds.  Rodman's former coach Chuck
    Daly said the ad "is not one that makes him comfortable": "The
    guy you see at the end of the commercial, the guy who's smiling,
    that's the real Dennis Rodman.  You see, they played on the bad
    side of him and showed you in the end what he's really all about,
    that smile."  In New York, Mark Kriegel, who notes the spot was
    produced by DDB Needham for Foot Action stores, calls Nike an
    "accomplice":  "The real craziness here is the exploitation --
    perhaps even glorification -- of Rodman's craziness" (N.Y. DAILY
    NEWS, 12/7).  In Washington, Thomas Boswell writes, "This Nike
    commercial galls me because the deceit at its center is so
    typical of much that we peddle to kids in the same package with
    music, movies and games" (WASHINGTON POST, 12/7).
    

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