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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

         Flyers GM BOBBY CLARKE was named the NHL's Executive of the
    Year by the SPORTING NEWS.  His trade for JOHN LECLAIR, ERIC
    DESJARDINS and GILBERT DIONNE for MARK REECHI was seen as key to
    the team's success this year (SPORTING NEWS, 5/29 issue)....The
    U.S. Figure Skating Association has announced the election of its
    new officers:  MORRY STILLWELL as President, GLORIA EARNHARDT as
    Pacific VP, JOHN LEFEVRE as Eastern VP, and PATRICIA HAGEDORN as
    Secretary (USFSA)....    The SWC Council is expected to approve
    KYLE KALLANDER, the SWC's Assistant Commissioner for External
    Affairs, as the league's next and last commissioner today.
    Former SWC commissioner STEVE HATCHELL will become commissioner
    of the Big 12 on July 12, the day that the SWC begins its final
    year (Wendell Barnhouse, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/26).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         During TNT's coverage of the Magic-Pacers game, Craig Sager
    displayed one of SHAQUILLE O'NEAL's Reeboks with "TWISM" engraved
    in the side.  "The World Is Mine" is Shaq's response to what he
    perceives as a "lack of respect" shown him in the MVP balloting
    (TNT, 5/25)....BOB COUSY will host an international basketball
    tournament for players six foot two inches and under.  The event
    will take place in Worcester, MA in July '96 (Six Two
    U)....Former Rockies partner MICKEY MONUS was convicted of 109
    felony counts in U.S. District Court relating to a $1.1B fraud
    and embezzlement scheme.  Monus is expected to receive a 15-20
    year prison term.  Monus was accused of diverting more than $8.8M
    from Phar-More Inc., where he was president, to the World
    Basketball League (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/26).
    

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  • SUN MICROSYSTEMS HELPING TO MOVE SPORTS INTO INFORMATION AGE

         This week, Sun Microsystems joined the Sharks and the San
    Jose Arena in an effort to build their Home Pages on the World
    Wide Web into a pair of "the most popular and technically
    advanced sports and entertainment web sites on the Internet."
    Yesterday, THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY spoke with Sun Microsystems
    Dir of Marketing Services Michael Douglas about their foray into
    sports and what the Internet, specifically the Web, has to offer
    companies, franchises, or leagues in terms of marketing.
    Excerpts follow:
         THE DAILY:  What is Sun looking to accomplish through these
    sports-related endeavors?
         DOUGLAS:  Sports is an entertainment field that has an
    absolutely huge following.  We have found that if you can apply
    technology to it, if you are able to show the applications and
    what technology can do in a way that is pertinent and meaningful
    to people, they are able to stand back and go, "Ah, now I get
    it."  Sports is one of those few endeavors that gives you this
    type of showcase to take technology from what some people see as
    in the ozone layer and bring it down to something as practical as
    what you would see on your television set on a Saturday
    afternoon.
         THE DAILY:  Do you have any plans to take your arrangement
    with the Sharks to other franchises or leagues?
         DOUGLAS:  Yes we do.  We are dealing with a company out of
    Minneapolis which has a contract with the National Hockey League
    to sponsor all Internet services and web sites, so through them
    we will be getting involved with the National Hockey League.  We
    are also looking at other leagues and franchises in other sports.
    We sponsored One Australia in the America's Cup this past year,
    we are doing work right now in providing technology in automotive
    racing.
         THE DAILY: What can organizations look to gain from opening
    a web site on the Internet?
         DOUGLAS: By way of example, let's talk about the Sharks.
    The principle reason for us to get involved with the Sharks was -
    - in talking with Sharks' management -- they had a pretty far-
    reaching view of their charter.  They have a global charter and
    see themselves doing things beyond the walls of the San Jose
    Arena.  That was pretty intriguing to us.  Another reason were
    their stated goals of wanting to be the most popular team in
    hockey, worldwide, and to have the most frequently visited and
    innovative web site worldwide.  They are able to foresee using
    networking outside of their own facility to go beyond the popular
    media and have intimate contact with all of their fans -- not
    just words on a computer screen, but sound and video where people
    can, for instance, order up their own instant replays.  They are
    also interested in arena sales and selling entertainment.
         THE DAILY:  How does this venture affect a team's bottom
    line?  And do you see advertising becoming a large presence on
    the Internet?
         DOUGLAS:  This is very inexpensive and we have found it is a
    very simple matter to get your home page and your site sponsored,
    or as a matter of fact, have a variety of sponsors.  One can
    structure up a variety of buttons on a home page and have each
    one sponsored by a different company.  The great thing is that
    you can count the number of hits and you can figure
    demographically who is hitting your home page, so when it comes
    to being able to show the value to a sponsor, it is quite easy to
    do.  It does not cost as much money as people think to set these
    things up.  People think we are talking hundreds of thousands of
    dollars.  But someone can be up and running, with equipment costs
    and set-up costs, for like in the tens of thousands.
    

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