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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).
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).
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).
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).