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Group W Sports Marketing GWSM has developed a sales team for the Capital region sports that handles the Bullets, Capitals, and Orioles TV Network. RUDY TAYLOR has been promoted to Dir/Sports Sales, and DANA SCOTT FITZGERALD has been named Manager/Sports Sales (GWSM)....Shareholder of Republic Waste Industries will vote on a plan to make WAYNE HUIZENGA Chair and move the company to FL. The vote, which is expected to pass, will merge the company with a waste-management firm owned by Huizenga's brother- in-law, WHIT HUDSON (FT. LAUDERDALE SUN SENTINEL, 7/28).
"Entertainment Tonight" reported Fox studio analyst and former Raider HOWIE LONG has impressed the director of his current film project "Broken Arrow" so much, the script has been changed to keep Long's character from dying ("ET," 7/27)....MICHAEL JORDAN starts shooting "Space Jam" on Tuesday and "Entertainment Tonight" took a behind-the-scenes look at his new commercial for Hanes ("Entertainment Tonight," 7/27)....ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO joined Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show." On the return of Monica Seles, "I think it is good. It will make more competition" (NBC, 7/27)....DAN RATHER will reportedly host the televised closing ceremonies of the Boston Garden in September (BOSTON HERALD, 7/28)....Saints Owner TOM BENSON has withdrawn franchise applications for the NBA and AHL, citing a desire to focus on the Saints (New Orleans TIMES- PICAYUNE, 7/23).