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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

         Former Mets GM AL HARAZIN has been hired as a consultant for
    market development for the United Baseball League (N.Y. NEWSDAY,
    3/12)....JUSTIN NEWMAN has joined as Sales Manager of the Western
    Region for Network Int'l.  He was formerly Dir of Promotions and
    Marketing for Empire Sports Network (Network Int')....PETER
    BRIDGEWATER has been named an int'l consultant for MLS.
    Bridgewater was San Francisco Exec Dir for World Cup USA (MLS).
    

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  • HEY, FASHION PLATES! GQ'S NEXT ISSUE IS A SPORTS BONANZA

         The April issue of GQ is devoted entirely to sports with
    feature articles on the direction of the industry, GRANT HILL,
    the 50 people to watch in sports, RUPERT MURDOCH, "101 Reasons
    Baseball Is Dead," minor-league hockey, Foreman vs. Tyson, and
    life as a Sacramento King.  The Top Ten of GQ's "50 For The
    Future":  1) News Corp.'s Murdoch;  2) Grant Hill;  3) NBA's
    DAVID STERN;  4) Nike's PHIL KNIGHT;  5) SHAQUILLE O'NEAL;  6)
    TCI's JOHN MALONE;  7) KEN GRIFFEY, JR.;  8) ESPN's STEVE
    BORNSTEIN;  9) NFL's PAUL TAGLIABUE;  10) DREW BLEDSOE.  Not on
    the Top 50, but listed as "Comers":  D&F Group's STEPHEN DISSON,
    Clarion Performance Properties' ALEX NIEROTH, ERIC LINDROS, agent
    DAN LOZANO, NBC Sports Senior VP JON MILLER, college QB STEVE
    MCNAIR, THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY Publisher JEFFREY POLLACK,
    Bullets President SUSAN O'MALLEY, Caesar's World Sports President
    RICH ROSE, Yankees Manager BUCK SHOWALTER, sports marketer
    BRANDON STEINER, IMG Basketball President BILL STRICKLAND, Int'l
    Sports Summit's CRAIG TARTASKY, and WTA CEO ANNE PERSON WORCESTER
    (GQ, 4/95 issue).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         WARREN SAPP, projected as the possible No. 1 pick in the
    upcoming NFL Draft, failed a drug test, according to NFL sources.
    While a report in today's N.Y. TIMES says Sapp failed both
    cocaine and marijuana tests, other reports, including ESPN,
    mention only marijuana.  Sapp is represented by DREW ROSENHAUS
    (Mult, 3/14).... Disney, BellSouth, Southwestern Bell and
    Ameritech have retained a headhunter to locate a CEO for their
    joint programming venture.  Disney VP of Corporate Affairs JOHN
    COOKE will oversee Disney's role in the venture (DAILY VARIETY,
    3/14).
    

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  • THE MICHAEL WATCH: EXTRA! EXTRA! NO NEWS!

         As you may or may not know, Michael Jordan practiced Monday
    with the Bulls.  Writes Melissa Isaacson of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
    "And so as a nation waits and wonders, we can only continue to
    assume that his comeback inclinations are serious and snatch up
    any comments from Jordan, secondhand or otherwise."  Coach Phil
    Jackson:  "His discussions with [Bulls Owner] Jerry Reinsdorf are
    important ... because most of it is in Jerry Reinsdorf's hands as
    to whether Michael comes back or not. ... I don't know if money
    is the issue. ... The league should get together and give him
    $100 million" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/14).  Bulls GM Jerry Krause:
    "I know nothing.  And I think if Michael had brought up the
    subject of playing again with Jerry Reinsdorf.  I would know
    something.  Maybe Michael hasn't made up his mind" (CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 3/14).  Since rumors that Jordan would announce his
    decision yesterday turned out false, speculation has begun about
    a new date for an announcement.  Several Chicago radio stations
    say they expect word Thursday (WASHINGTON POST, 3/14).
         THE WORLD'S ABUZZ:  In New York, Peter Vecsey recommends
    that Jordan stay retired (N.Y. POST, 3/14).... Yesterday, Michael
    Sneed cited rumors that Jordan was being "wooed" with mega-
    millions by Golden State, whose assistant coach, Rod Higgins, is
    a good friend of Jordan's (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/13)....Both
    Michael Hiestand and CHICAGO TRIBUNE's "Inc." column suggest
    Jordan may return wearing No. 45 instead of 23 (USA TODAY/CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 3/14).
    

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