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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

         The Reebok Golf Greg Norman Collection has named PABLO DE
    ECHEVARRIA as their VP of Marketing (Reebok)....Disney Chair and
    CEO MICHAEL EISNER was named '95 Marketer of the Year by
    BRANDWEEK (N.Y. TIMES, 10/9)....CARYN CIAGNE has joined
    Professional Sports Publications as sports marketing manager,
    including ad sales responsibilities for game programs the firm
    produces for Chicago teams (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/9)....CHRIS
    CORDES, has been hired as Sales and Promotions Manager for the
    Charlotte Cobras of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League
    (MILL)....JOHN GRIFFIN has joined the senior management staff of
    Karlitz & Company, a NY-based entertainment marketing, corporate
    counseling firm.  Griffin comes from three years as partner and
    agency owner of Integrated Sports Marketing (SFPR & Co.).
    

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  • GRAF'S TAX PROBLEMS MOUNT AS REPORTS OF ARREST SURFACE

         STEFFI GRAF faces possible arrest for tax evasion, according
    to reports from the German magazine DER SPIEGEL.  In addition,
    FOCUS magazine in Germany reports that Graf's main sponsor,
    German automaker Opel, might cut its sponsorship with Graf.  An
    Opel spokesperson denied that report (Mult., 10/9).  In L.A.,
    Mary Williams Walsh writes that not only are Graf and her father,
    Peter, on the front pages, but "so too are the normally invisible
    denizens" of the German bureaucracy, the German Tennis
    Federation, and Adidas and Opel (L.A. TIMES, 10/9).  FOCUS also
    reports HANS-WILHELM GAEB, an Opel advisory board member, claims
    Advantage Int'l and its leader PHILIP DE PICCIOTTO may have made
    "questionable transfers of millions of dollars in sponsor
    payments" to Graf.  The charges could force Graf to choose
    between Opel and Advantage, according to FOCUS (AP, 10/7).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         In Baltimore, Vito Stellino writes that the NFL's "surprise
    coaching move could be the departure of New England's BILL
    PARCELLS at the end of the season.  NFL insiders are speculating
    that Parcells may pack it in" (Vito Stellino, Baltimore SUN,
    10/8)....A survey by Fuji Bank in Japan noted that HIDEO NOMO
    ranks first among outstanding sports figures in the eyes of many
    Japanese fathers and boys.  In a survey of 300, Nomo was followed
    closed by baseball player ICHIRO SUZUKI (KYODO NEWS)....TOM
    LANDRY was a guest of JOE GIBBS at the Charlotte Motor Speedway
    this weekend.  Gibbs owns the BOBBY LABONTE racing team, and
    Labonte wore a Cowboys helmet during the race.  Labonte is
    sponsored by NFL Properties (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM,
    10/9)....KRISTINE CARLIN BAY, better known as Willow Bay and host
    of "NBA's Inside Stuff," was married on Long Island over the
    weekend to ROBERT IGER, President and CEO of Cap Cities/ABC (N.Y.
    TIMES, 10/8). ....On "Entertainment Tonight," Pat O'Brien
    featured the new golf center opened by MICHAEL JORDAN.  At the
    center, where the goal is to teach the game of golf to kids,
    visitors will find a full range of golf supplies carrying
    Jordan's name ("ET," 10/9)....The Chicago Tribune is running
    excerpts from two books on Jordan by reporters from the paper --
    "Rebound:  The Odyssey of Michael Jordan," by BOB GREENE, and
    "Second Coming:  The Strange Odyssey of Michael Jordan -- From
    Courtside to Home Plate and Back Again," by SAM SMITH (CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 10/9).
    

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  • OWNERS IN THE NEWS

         Miami Heat Owner MICKY ARISON is profiled in U.S. NEWS &
    WORLD REPORT for his Carnival Corp., the parent company for
    Carnival Cruise Line.  Carnival Corp just had its 15th straight
    quarter of record profits (Jill Sieder, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT,
    10/16 issue)....Attorneys are in the process of trying to "work
    out an agreement" between the IRS and Rockies Owner JERRY
    MCMORRIS.  The IRS says McMorris didn't pay $25.47M in estate
    taxes when he took control of his family's trucking business
    following the death of his father.  McMorris claims to have paid
    $10M in taxes and says he owes no more because the IRS erred by
    inflating the value of the stock his father held at the time of
    his death (Adriel Bettelheim, DENVER POST,
    10/6)....Representatives of the three-man trust controlling the
    estate of late Bucs Owner HUGH CULVERHOUSE are in Washington to
    appeal a claim by the IRS that Culverhouse owes $4.5M in income
    taxes dating from '89-91 (Michael Sznajderman, TAMPA TRIBUNE,
    10/6)....A report in the WASHINGTON POST notes Redskins Owner
    JACK KENT COOKE cancelled a neighbor's season tickets (held since
    1945) due to an ongoing property dispute (WASHINGTON POST,
    10/10).
    

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