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Northwest Entertainment Group recently hired JOHN CHAPPLE who took over as President and COO. NEG owns the Canucks, Grizzlies, and the GM Place. Chapple is a close associate of JOHN MCCAW, Jr., the Seattle billonaire who purchased majority control of NEG three months ago. NEG Chair ARTHUR GRIFFITHS confirmed the appointment yesterday and said the group is looking to change their name. Griffiths: "The one we have doesn't quite cut it" (Neil Campbell, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/31).
Billionaire RON PERELMAN outbid a local private school for the L.A. estate once owned by former L.A. Kings Owner BRUCE MCNALL. Three other McNall holdings -- Los Angeles Kings Ltd., Kings Hockey Inc., and McNall Sports and Entertainment, filed for Chapter 11 earlier this month (L.A. TIMES, 5/31)....GEORGE FOREMAN was profiled in the WASHINGTON POST. Foreman, explaining that only The Almighty could have created such athletes as MICHAEL JORDAN, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, or himself: "There's no greater sports fan than God" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/30).... MYRON BOLITAR, fictional sports agent, is the hero of HARLAN COBEN's latest mystery novel, "Deal Breaker." The second book in the Bolitar series, "Drop Shot," is due in March 1996 (THE DAILY)....Bruin CAM NEELY was presented a $20,000 check from 17- year old cancer patient Erik Holzapfel to help build the Neely House for patients and families of the New England Medical Center's Floating Hospital (BOSTON HERALD, 5/28).