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MLB Properties named GAIL HUNTER as Director of Promotional Events. Hunter joined MLBP in '91 as Project Manager for MLB's All-Star Fanfest. MLBP has also named ETHAN ORLINSKY has Dir of Legal Affairs. Orlinsky was formerly MLB's Associate Counsel (MLB)....DAN PATIN has been appointed to GM of Liberty Sports Communications West. Patin will oversee SportsCom West's studio and technical facilities (Liberty Sports)....Home Team Sports has named GUILLERMO LOPEZ Promotions Manager. Lopez comes from the Orioles, where he was Marketing Manager. HTS also promoted BETH RICHMAN to Advertising Manager. Richman was the network's Promotions Manager (HTS).
WAYNE GRETZKY wants to build an ice arena in Coral Spings, FL. Awaiting city approval, Gretzky's group may work with Can Am Investment to build Wayne Gretzky's Iceland, a $6.6M, 70,000 square-foot arena, complete with two ice surfaces, a pro shop and locker rooms (MIAMI HERALD, 8/4)....Reds Owner MARGE SCHOTT ordered her PR staff to cut pregame media notes to one page in a cost cutting move. The move will reportedly save less than $5 per game (Mult., 8/6)....Former Red Sox batting coach MIKE EASLER reached an out-of court settlement on his wrongful dismissal suit against the team. Easler did not net any money, but all "alleged financial considerations between the parties were eliminated" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/4).........DAVID LETTERMAN'S Top Ten Ways the U.S Would be Different if it Were Owned by Disney. 10) Defense department spends billions on "Flubber Missile"; 9) Convicted killers must listen to "It's a Small World" for the rest of their lives; 8) Presidents on Mt. Rushmore rigged up to sing like a barbershop quartet; 7) Winning athletes exclaim, "I'm going to any random spot in the country; 6) We'd get to see Janet Reno in one of those tight Mouseketeer sweaters; 5) Al Gore replaced by more lifelike audioanimatron; 4) Platoon of country bears sent to Bosnia as "Operation Jamboree"; 3) We'd bomb Busch Gardens back to the Stone Age; 2) Just like cows in India, sacred mice would wander the streets; 1) Instead of Whitewater, Goofygate ("Late Show," CBS, 8/4).