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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

         STEVE PHILLIPS, Mets Dir of Minor League Ops since '91, was
    promoted to Asst GM.  Former Mets Asst GM GERRY HUNSICKER became
    the Astros GM last month.  Scout JACK ZDURIENCIK will become Dir
    of Minor League Ops (N.Y. TIMES, 12/5)....The Blackhawks have
    appointed ELLIOT BELL as Dir of Corporate Sponsorships.  Bell
    comes from Palace Sports & Entertainment, where he handled
    Pistons' business development (Blackhawks)....RENEE WIEBE has
    joined Licensing Resource Group as a Marketing Manager
    (LRG)....The Orioles dismissed Asst GM FRANK ROBINSON (WASHINGTON
    POST, 12/5).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         CAL RIPKEN apppeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
    As he walked out the numbers "2-1-5-3" dropped.  Ripken couldn't
    see the sign, and when asked where his streak currently stood, he
    guessed 2150 (NBC, 12/4)....GOLF DIGEST has named PRESIDENT BILL
    CLINTON its 1995 Newsmaker of the Year (GOLF DIGEST, 1/96
    issue)....Gymnast DOMINIQUE DAWES, Jets' BOOMER ESIASON, Bullets'
    JUWAN HOWARD, and "spokeskid" VANESSA ANN NELSON were named 1995
    "Good Sport Award" winners by Sports Illustrated for Kids (SI for
    Kids).
    

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  • U.S. NEWS LOOKS AT THE "MONEY GAME" IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

         A special section of U.S. NEWS looks at ISIAH THOMAS and
    other athletes who have entered business after their playing
    days.  Thomas  has made "a smooth transition" from player to
    Raptors partner.  Thomas: "You can no longer isolate what happens
    on the court itself from the business side of this sport.
    Everything has to work together. ... The corporate sponsors have
    to buy into your vision.  You have to create a brand identity the
    same way IBM or McDonald's does" (Scott McMurray, U.S. NEWS,
    12/11 issue).
         BUSINESS ALL-STARS:  Others featured include MAGIC JOHNSON
    and JULIUS ERVING.  Johnson owns a Pepsi bottling plant, T-Shirt
    manufacturing operation and real-estate ventures.  Dr. J has
    interests in the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co., a TV
    station and a sports and entertainment management firm.  While
    some athletes get burned by bad investments, NBPA President BUCK
    WILLIAMS says, "If you can learn about the words to a rap song,
    you can certainly learn the basics of tax laws and how to invest
    in a mutual fund."  Many athletes look to "become players in the
    business they know best: sports" (Dan McGraw, U.S. NEWS, 12/11
    issue).
         FALK TALK:  Agent DAVID FALK, or the "Falk Factor," is
    profiled in U.S. NEWS Cohen under, "An Offensive Threat for NBA
    Players" (U.S. NEWS, 12/11).  Falk is the leading candidate to
    take over representation of the Nets' KENNY ANDERSON, who fired
    his agent last week (N.Y. TIMES, 12/5).
    

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