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GARY MCKENNA was hired by MacGregor Golf as VP for Sales for the Americas. He was formerly Dir of Sales for Golf Products at Spalding Sports Worldwide....Maruman has hired BRAD SMITH, ROB BARCIK, and ROGER BOYD as Sales Reps....MICHAEL PAI was hired by Maxfli Golf as Product Manager for Golf Balls....Awsome Golf hired BOB MCKELVEY as VP/Sales and Operations (GOLF WORLD, 7/14 issue)....Ex-NFL quarterback OLIVER LUCK is the new President of the World League of American Football, succeeding MARC LORY, who resigned last week after one-year (USA TODAY, 7/14).
Prime Sports West has that WELDON DONALDSON, former General Sales Manager for KFMB-TV has been retained as a San Diego Sales Consultant, PATRICK MCCLENAHAN will add the newly created position of Asst GM to his current VP of Programming & Production (Prime)....The IHL L.A. Ice Dogs have named KENT RUSSELL VP of Sales and Marketing (Ice Dogs)....KURT KRETZSCHMAR has been promoted to Associate Dir of Affiliate Relations for the One-On- One Sports Radio Network. He was formerly Senior Producer (One- On-One).
Wimbledon Champion STEFFI GRAF along with her father and personal financial manager PETER GRAF are being investigated by German tax authorities. On May 23, tax investigators collected documents from the Graf family home in Bruhl and these documents are being audited (Mult., 7/13). CBS' Dan Rather reported that Graf "is suspected of tax evasion along with her father" ("CBS Evening News," 7/12)....GREG NORMAN was reportedly paid $350,000 plus $50,000 in jet fuel to play in the Murphy's Irish Open in Kilkenny last week. Such fees are supposedly forbidden on the European Tour, but sponsors "are given a number of ways to get around the rules." Norman: "You have to pay for professional talent." COLIN MONTGOMERIE called it "Outrageous!" ("Inside Golf," SI, 7/17 issue)....Among the speakers at the "Breaking Through as a Sports Agent" seminar (July 22-23 at Harrah's Las Vegas) will be agent DENNIS GILBERT, attorney ROBERT SHAPIRO, and JERRY TARKANIAN (Allan Malamud, L.A. TIMES, 7/13).
Albany River Rats President DOUG BURCH was named the recipient of the AHL's Hendy Award given to the executive making an outstanding contribution to the league (AHL).... JOE CROSBY and NORRIES WILSON are spending the first three weeks of the Jaguars' inaugural training camp with the team and coaches through the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program (Jaguars)....BARBARA WILKERSON was named NABF Promoter of the Year (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/14)....CRAIG T. NELSON will participate at Sonoma's Sears Point Raceway in the Int'l Motor Sports Association's World Sports Car event Sunday (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/14)....PETE SAMPRAS was on the "Late Show with David Letterman" last night. Letterman, who was wearing a pair of Adidas sneakers when Sampras came out on stage, asked him what kind of shoes he was wearing. Sampras: "I have some Cole-Haan's." Letterman: "Oh, I'm going to smoke your ass." Sampras: "You're wearing Adidas. You need to start wearing some Nike's." Letterman: "Well, you have your deal, I have my deal." The two then went out into the street and played tennis ("Late Show," CBS, 7/13).