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Published March 3, 1995
The HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS are the subjects of a possible movie and Broadway musical. GAIL STAYDEN is producing a musical based on Globetrotter founder ABE SAPERSTEIN's life called "Hoopz," which has a score written by SMOKEY ROBINSON. MANNIE JACKSON, who is producing the untitiled movie about the team, on the project: "Basketball is a multimillion-dollar global industry. It is the best managed and most viable sport from both an entertainment and economic standpoint" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/3)....KEN DERRETT was named Dir of Marketing for Sponsorships & Media Programs for the Canadian Arm of NBA Properties. Derrett comes from Labatts, where he was manager of sports properties (NBA).... CA Public Employees' Retirement System announced that it has approved a $50M investment in real estate venture with MAGIC JOHNSON (BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS/N.Y. POST, 3/3)....JAY FEE, the Boston attorney that represents CAM NEELY among others, has moved from Mahoney Hawkes & Goldings to Tillinghast Collins & Graham, where he will head a new sports management corporation (BOSTON HERALD, 3/2)....67-year-old GORDIE HOWE was drafted by the Motor City Mustangs in the tenth round of the Roller Hockey Int'l draft. Howe: "When kids are involved, I get involved. So yeah, I'll probably put the blades on then" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 3/2)....MICHAEL JORDAN, asked if he would play in a game with other retired legends against current NBA All-Stars: "Yeah, just for the fun and love of it, not for business or making money. The game has become too commercialized" (SPORT, 3/95 issue).