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  • '98 OLYMPIC SKATING FIELD ON THIN ICE?

         The deadline for figure skaters to apply for reinstatement
    of their eligibility for the Int'l Skating Union (ISU) is this
    Saturday.  And, what happens as the deadline nears "may may have
    a lot to do with how the figure skating shapes up" at the '98
    Winter Games in Nagano.  To "help sort out the situation," the
    ISU is "trying to persuade" Olympic gold medal winner Oksana
    Baiul to apply for reinstatement.   If she fails to apply, it
    would leave the ISU without a "big-name women's star," possibly
    forcing the federation to "throw open" the Nagano Games to all
    skaters (Jody Meacham, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/36).
    

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  • ... AND THE NEXT ITEM, A BEAUTIFUL OLYMPIC LAPEL PIN

         ACOG signed on home shopping network QVC as a licensee in
    early March to produce "at least nine hour-long, Olympic-themed
    sales pitches."  The first of the shows, which aired on March 7,
    was very successful selling out its "entire inventory" of Olympic
    lapel pin sets "before the show aired."  And, although neither
    QVC or ACOG would release sales figures, both parties "profess
    delight over the relationship."  The network plans to "pick from
    hundreds of products" produced by some 80 ACOG licensees and 42
    USOC licensees for each of its programs (Melissa Turner, ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 3/26).
    

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  • SURE SHOT INT'L SCORES BIG WITH '96 GAMES

         Sure Shot Int'l Inc. has been chosen to be the official
    supplier of basketball goals and equipment to the '96 Games in
    what is being deemed a "major marketing coup."  Sure Shot
    President Harry Bachmann:  "This gives us instant credibility.
    Anywhere in the world, the Sure Shot name will be recognized with
    the Olympics" (David Barkholz, CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 3/26
    issue).
    

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