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         Four vendors at the Super Show received summons to appear as
    defendants in a federal copyright and trademark infringement
    lawsuit filed by ACOG and the USOC.  ACOG filed the lawsuit
    Friday without knowing who they were suing, but ACOG and USOC
    attorneys told U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob they "would name
    the alleged violators as they were identified over the weekend."
    ACOG members then spread out across the show and found four
    violators.  Two vendors were selling soccer balls with
    interlocking Olympic rings, one was selling a glow-in-the-dark
    Olympic torch and one was selling travel bags labeled "Olympic,"
    according to Bill Ferguson, ACOG Dir of Enforcement.  ACOP Dir of
    Commun. Darby Coker: "If you wait to file the lawsuit after the
    show is over, people will have left and there will be no one to
    serve" (Bill Rankin, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/6).

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         Pro-Tix, a ticketing network run by Prologue Systems of
    Madison, WI, has beaten out Ticketmaster in a bid to manage the
    sale of Olympic tickets.  Prologue is expected to join a group of
    companies that "could include" Olympic sponsor IBM in managing
    the sale of the more than 11M Olympic tickets.  ACOG negotiated
    with Ticketmaster "on and off" for more than two years, but was
    never able to reach a deal.  They were also "concerned" that the
    Justice Department's investigation into Ticketmaster's pricing
    policies would create an "un-Olympic" image for the company.
    Industry experts cautioned that the project is a "huge
    undertaking," and that Pro-Tix, with only 16 employees and $1.5M
    in annual revenue has never been involved in such a large
    project.  Ticketmaster VP Alan Citron says Pro-Tix's Olympic
    involvement proves that his company does not have a monopoly.
    Bill Wood, a consumer advocate with the U.S. Public Interest
    Research Group, a D.C.-group that has criticized pricing in the
    ticketing industry, says Ticketmaster's non-involvement could
    lead to lower prices (Melissa Turner, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/4).

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         Xerox has signed on as a national sponsor of USA Track &
    Field and will support seven major track and field events leading
    up to the '96 Olympics.  The USATF deal will add to Xerox's other
    Olympic sponsorships, which include the U.S. Olympic Team, the
    '96 Games, the IOC and over 200 national organizing committees
    worldwide.  The seven events Xerox will sponsor before the '96
    games: The U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships; The U.S.
    Outdoor Track and Field Championships, U.S. Olympic Track and
    Field Trials; The U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; the U.S. Junior
    Track and Field Championships; The U.S. Junior Olympic Track and
    Field Championships and the USATF Convention (Xerox).

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