U.S. Fans Abound For WWC Final LeBron Praised For Role In Apatow's "Trainwreck" MLS Eyeing St. Paul For Expansion Club Angels Bad PR Continues With Dipoto Exit NBA Free Agency Begins With Money Flying Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC NBC Lands New Advertisers For Race Coverage Going Off The Grid Steelers Exploring '23 Super Bowl Bid GT To Benefit Financially From Ireland Game
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GEORGE PYNE has been named to the newly created position of Manager of Business Development-Licensing for the NASCAR. Pyne was with AMC Events in Atlanta, a sports marketing and event management firm, where he was Exec Dir (NASCAR).....MICHAEL PLANT was named President of Goodwill Games Inc., and VP/Events for Turner Sports. He is President of Medalist Sports, which operates cycling events (USA TODAY, 8/16)....FERRIS THOMPSON was named Dir of Sponsorship Sales and Services for SportsLab. SportsLab, backed by ABC/Cap Cities and Electonic Arts, will hold interactive sports events in cities throughout the U.S. (SportsLab).
"Entertainment Tonight" examined HOWIE LONG's new movie with JOHN TRAVOLTA. Long: "It's not Macbeth, but it is for me." Long plays Travolta's side kick in a movie called "Broken Arrow" ("ET," 8/16)....MIKE TYSON continued his media tour last night. Tyson appeared on "Larry King Live" and on the BET special "Man on a Mission" (CNN, BET, 8/16)....DAVID LETTERMAN, on the $39.95 price for the fight: "I'm thinking, man that's a good deal. $39.95 for a whole minute. Wow!" ("Late Show," CBS, 8/16)....The Rockets and VERNON MAXWELL have agreed to drop legal action against each other. Sources report Maxwell received a buyout close to $500,000 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/17)....VINCE VAN PATTEN, former tennis player and actor, has co-written, co-produced and will star in "The Break," a movie due to open in late September. Van Patten plays the coach of an "awkard, young rookie" tennis player (MIAMI HERALD, 8/17).