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Curtis Polk has been named President at Falk Associates Management Enterprises, Inc. (FAME). Polk, 35, has served as Executive VP since founding FAME with Co-Chair and CEO David Falk in 1982. Polk manages the financial affairs of Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Dikembe Mutombo, among others athletes. He started his career in sports management as president of ProServ Financial Services in '89 after eight years in the financial industry (FAME).
Agent JEFF MOORAD, who was chosen as No. 99 in THE SPORTING NEWS' "100 Most Powerful People" in the sports industry, sent back his own Top 10 List titled: "Top Ten Good Things About Being No. 99" (THE SPORTING NEWS, 1/9). 10. It beats being No. 101. 9. Its lower than my handicap 8. The number made Barbara Feldon a well kwown secret agent. 7. Maybe John Madden (No. 95) will give all of us in the bottom 10 a ride in the Madden Cruiser. 6. It's not a list of America's Most Wanted. 5. If the number's good enough for Wayne Gretzky, it's good enough for me. 4. I spent $1.58B less than Rupert Murdoch to make the list. 3. With my partner Leigh Steinberg, at No. 19, the firm's aveage is 59. 2. Good closers are in demand. 1. Hey, Bart Simpson (No. 100), eat my shorts!
Tigers owner MIKE ILITCH has hired JOHN McHALE to oversee the club's operation and will likely spearhead the drive for a new stadium. McHale comes from the Rockies where he was vice president (Mel Antonen, USA TODAY, 1/11). ...DAVE COHEN may be on the "verge of a major breakthrough" as he is the favorite to be the new voice on Yankee telecasts. MSG is also "leaning" toward ESPN's JIM KAAT to replace Tony Kubek on their telecasts (Phil Mushnick, N.Y. POST, 1/11).....The Seahawks' chances of landing U. of Miami coach DENNIS ERICKSON "might be slipping away" (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/11)....HAKEEM OLAJUWON, RONNIE LOTT, and MARCUS ALLEN have retained the services of NY-based Silverman, Warren/Kremer, Inc for publicity, promotion, and strategic positioning activities (Silverman, Warren/Kremer)....FIFA has fired its director of press relations, GUIDO TOGNONI, and competitions head MIGUEL GALAN. Both have been with soccer's governing body for more than 10 years (WASHINGTON POST, 1/11).