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NAMES IN THE NEWS
Published July 5, 1995
ESPN announced the following appointments: GEORGE BODENHEIMER to Senior VP of Sales and Marketing from Senior VP of Affiliate Sales and Marketing. L. PATRICK MELLON has been named Senior VP of Affiliate Sales and Marketing from VP of Programming TeleCable Corp (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 7/3). ....A list of investors in the Diamondbacks was released Friday. Among them: Singer GLEN CAMPBELL and actors BILLY CRYSTAL and LOUIS GOSSETT JR. (WASHINGTON POST, 7/2).... MAGIC JOHNSON welcomed moviegoers in L.A. to a 12-screen theater Friday that bears his name. Johnson described his new business venture as "better than basketball" (AP/MIAMI HERALD, 7/2). In addition, the Lakers are reportedyl open to a Johnson return to the NBA. Johnson: "We have to see what happens" (Mult., 7/5)....Both TIGER WOODS and his father EARL are reportedly upset over recent inquiries by the NCAA into activities by the family. Earlier this year, the NCAA asked Stanford to explain why Tiger was using a new set of irons and a different brand of balls at the Masters in April. The NCAA also had questions about two golf publications which had published Tiger's Masters diaries (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/4)....The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has ruled that STEVE "AIR" MCNAIR can keep the rights to his nickname (AP/S.F. EXAMINER, 7/1).... JOE DUMARS is going into the venture-capital business with two investment bankers. The Global Rights Fund will raise money for to "invest in companies that have underdeveloped assets in the areas of copyrights, brand-name or sports and entertainment likenesses" (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 7/2 issue)....The Giants' MATT WILLIAMS announced Friday that he plans to purchase $15,000 worth of tickets to the team's home games and distribute them to youngsters who participate in the Junior Giants program (S.F. EXAMINER, 7/1)....DAN AYKROYD, DANIEL STERN, and DAMON WAYANS will star in "Celtic Pride," a sports comedy about two die-hard Celtic fans who kidnap the star player off a rival team (DAILY VARIETY, 7/3)....Ground was broken recently on the ROBERT KRAFT Family Center for Jewish Student Life at Columbia University in New York. Kraft owns the Patriots (NFL)....As hosts of NBC's coverage of the Special Olympics, GRANT HILL and KATHY IRELAND were profiled on EXTRA. Hill: "It's very inspiring, seeing people who are somewhat handicapped going out and giving it their all" ("EXTRA," 7/4)....Financial World Asst Managing Editor MICHAEL OZANIAN, on the trend toward franchise movement: "One of the reasons we are having this now is because in some of the sports, national TV revenue is flattening out, so teams are going here for an alternative means of revenue growth" ("Sports View," CNBC, 7/3).