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MULVOY TO GIVE RETIREMENT A TWO-WEEK TEST RUN
Published April 28, 1995
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Managing Editor Mark Mulvoy "plans to step down temporarily in two weeks in anticipation of his permanent departure" after the '96 Games, according to this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL. In an "unusual move," two Time Warner editors, SI Assistant Managing Editor Bill Colson and LIFE Managing Editor Dan Okrent, will manage the magazine for a 12- week stint. The "race to succeed" Mulvoy will be "refereed" by Time Editor-in-Chief Norman Pearlstine, but a Time Inc. spokesperson said that Colson and Okrent "aren't necessarily the only two candidates for the post." Sources close to SI told the WALL STREET JOURNAL that Mulvoy has been planning to leave "for several months." Mulvoy's name "occasionally surfaces" in connection with commissioner searches and other "high-profile" sports jobs. The change in editors comes "at a crucial time for" SI as it prepares for two new competitors from ESPN/Hearst and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. SI is also "fighting to hold on to its core readership amid the rise of other authoritative sports sources" (Patrick Reilly, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/28).