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The NBA has named JONATHAN BROD to the newly created position of Manager, Consumer Products for NBA Canada Inc. Brod will oversee the sales, licensing, advertising and promotion of NBA consumer products in Canada as well as serve as the consumer products liaison between NBA Properties and the new Canadian franchises (NBA)....Former Nuggets President TIM LEIWEKE has had discussions with U.S. Skiing about the group's vacant Exec Dir post (DENVER POST, 8/29)....The IHL has named MARK DIMOND as Dir of Marketing Services (SportsTicker)....MARIANNE WERDEL-WITMEYER has been elected President of the WTA Tour Players Association, succeeding MARTINA NAVRATILOVA (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/29)
CHARLES BARKLEY had a verbal altercation with a fan at a celebrity golf tournament after Barkley "brushed aside" a woman and a 3-year-old girl. The woman's husband (5-9, 170) told Barkley (6-4, 245) to "take it easy," to which Barkley responded: "You'll move for me. You have to move. People have to move when they're in front of me" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 8/29)....ROGER CLEMENS and CAM NEELY will be in Bristol, CT, taping "SportsCenter" promos (BOSTON HERALD, 8/29)....Agent RON SHAPIRO, who represents CAL RIPKEN, JR. and KIRBY PUCKETT, among others, is profiled in USA TODAY. Shapiro has been mentioned by some as a candidate to be baseball's next commissioner (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 8/29)....IBM's Dir of Worldwide Olympics and Sports Ops ELI PRIMROSE-SMITH is profiled in AD AGE's "On a Roll" feature (AD AGE, 8/28 issue)....Sports media coach ANDREA KIRBY is featured in the latest issue of INSIDE SPORTS. Kirby is president of the Sports Media Group Inc, soon to be renamed Andrea Kirby Coaches Inc. (INSIDE SPORTS, 10/95 issue).... Frederick Keys GM LARRY MARTIN will become Assistant AD at Towson State Univ., effective September 1 (Keys).