Kentucky-Arkansas Hoops Set For CBS MLS Set For Three Days Of CBA Talks NFL Hires Chief Republican Lobbyist Hisense To Invest More In NASCAR Earthquakes To Debut New Stadium MLBAM Launches MLB At Bat Update Classified Advertisements Ovechkin Signs With Fanatics Authentic Weekend Plans With NBC's Jim Bell Fresno State Gets Fresh Start With Bartko
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CFL announced that DON BARKER has retired as the league's Dir of Officiating. ROSS PERRIER has been named new Director (CFL)....SUSAN BINFORD has been promoted to Exec VP of Public Relations for Turner Entertainment Group. She was formerly Senior VP of Public Relations....LARRY GOODMAN has been named Exec VP of News & Ops for Turner Broadcasting Sales. Goodman was Exec VP of Ops and Client Services....BUD GREENSPAN has signed to produce a two-hour special on U.S. Olympic athletes for Turner Original Productions (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 5/1 issue)....Liberty Sports appointed FRED MCCALLISTER to the position of VP/League Ops and MARK FABER as VP/League Marketing. McCallister will be responsible for overseeing the operations of Liberty's future league endeavors and Faber will develop marketing strategies for those leagues (Liberty)....Lions VP/Marketing & Broadcasting BILL KEENIST has added the ticket department to his duties (DETROIT NEWS, 4/30)....SportsChannel New York announced that PETE SILVERMAN is the new VP/Programming and Production (Bob Raissman, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/2).
AVP star KENT STEFFES is one of PEOPLE's "50 Most Beautiful People." Steffes: "I've got nice toes, and clean toenails, which is rare in beach volleyball" (PEOPLE, 5/8). ....ANDRE AGGASI has unveiled plans for a music concert and dinner to benefit children's charities supported by the Agassi Foundation (ATP)....Citing the "overkill" of TV figure skating exhibitions, BRIAN BOITANO called for a tour similar to that of the PGA and a skaters' union. But he admitted problems: "There are a lot of people that can be bought for a higher price" (AP/HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 4/30).... Hornets Owner GEORGE SHINN denies "hinting" that he is offering MICHAEL JORDAN a job with the team, but says, "If he ever desires to come home [to NC] permanently, I might be one of the people he'd want to see" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/30)....CHARLES BARKLEY says former Dream Team I mate MAGIC JOHNSON should give other players a chance to play on Dream Team III and drop his plans to play in '96. Barkley: "It was a great experience for me. It was one of the highlights of my life. But I just think he should let other players experience that" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/1).... Microsoft's BILL GATES will be profiled in an NBC special, "Tycoon," set to air May 26 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/2).... Three men have been elected to the NSGA Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. JOHN BRUNSWICK, founder of the Brunswick Corp.; E. CLAUDE MANNING, founder of the National Buying Syndicate; and CLIFFORD DICKMAN, President of Kesslers Sport Shop. They will be honored at a July 18 ceremony (NSGA)....KI-JANA CARTER has signed on with Nike Sports Management. He brings the total number of athletic clients to 12 (Michael Heistand, USA TODAY, 5/2).