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The Indianapolis Ice has promoted RANDE HOGGARD to Merchandising Director and JENNIFER MERRELL to Ticket Sales Manager. Hoggard had previously served as a Ticket Sales Account Executive. Merrell was previously the team's Office Manager (Ice)....SportsChannel Pacific has announced three promotions: CHRIS GREER has been promoted to VP/Affiliate Sales and Marketing. MARK SHUKEN was named VP/Programming and Operations, and SUZANNE ROUNDS is now Dir of Planning and Administration....Rainbow Sport Sales has appointed NICHOLAS LANGONE as National Sales Manager/Sports at their New York headquarters and ROBERT WAGLEY as national sales manager in their Chicago office (Gould Media Services).
10) New Rule: Catch a foul ball, win the salary of the guy who hit it. 9) All Players must squat like catcher for entire game. 8) Remember Babe Ruth? Well, how's about some more of them ballplayin' fat dudes? 7) Instead of the National Anthem, sing "In-A-Gadda-Da- Vida" before every game. 6) Players can't do drugs unless they bring enough to go around. 5) At the end of bat night fans get to beat the crap out of the home team. 4) For just 3 dollars over the regular season price, you get to "do it" with the Philly Phanatic. 3) Every time a player grabs himself, you hear this (a slide whistle sound). 2) Buy a ticket to a Mets game -- get a free ticket to a Mets trial! 1) 9 players, 8 uniforms ("Late Show," CBS, 5/8).
Braves Pitchers TOM GLAVINE and JOHN SMOLTZ are trying to raise money through players donations for the widow and infant daughter of replacement player DAVE SHOTKOSKI, who was murdered in a robbery attempt during spring training ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN, 5/8)....According to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE's TERRY ARMOUR, there is a "huge contingent" of Univ. of Michigan fans pushing for MIKE DITKA to be the school's next football coach (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/8)....ERNIE BANKS, has been hired by HA-LO industries of Niles, IL to be a National Sales Executive and Company Spokesperson (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/8)....Royal Caribbean has hired PGA Senior Tour Star GARY PLAYER as its spokesperson (MIAMI HERALD, 5/8).... DALLAS MORNING NEWS baseball beat writers GERRY FRALEY and JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR are learning spanish in an attempt to better communicate with MLB's Latin players. Fraley: "It's never going to break a story. But it gives you a little more rapport" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/7)....Former Chicago Bear DAVE DUERSON has purchased Brooks Sausage Co. and changed the name to Fair Oaks Farm Co. Brooks had $30M in annual sales and is "one of the nation's largest black-owned food companies" (CHICAGO SUN- TIMES, 5/8)....Six sporting goods execs have been confirmed as speakers for the first Retailer Financial Forum at the NSGA World Sports Expo in Chicago on Monday, July 17. They are: BRIAN CARMACK, President, Pro Image, Inc.; MERVYN BENJET, CFO Rentrak Corp., parent company of Pro Image, Inc.; ANDREW HOCHBERG, President, Sportmart Inc.; ALVIN LUBETKIN, Vice-Chair & CEO, Oshman's Sporting Goods; RALPH PARKS, President FOOTACTION USA; and HAROLD RUTTENBERG, President, Just For Feet (NSGA)....The 10th annual Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular has announced its award winners. Among them: RAUL MONDESI, '94 NL Rookie of the Year, Football Man of the Year JUNIOR SEAU, and Lifetime Achievement Awards to JOE NAMATH and GEORGE FOREMAN (Cedars Sinai).