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Published January 23, 1996
MICHAEL EISNER was named the LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL's Executive of the Year for '95. Also noted is JAMES FREEDMAN of Barrington Associates, who oversaw the sale of the Kings (L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/14 issue).... A.J. FOYT's antitrust suit against CART asks for at least $5M in damages after the loss of his seat on the CART Board of Directors and a possible sponsorship deal with Texaco. The suit accuses CART of pressuring sponsors not to support IRL teams, resulting in the loss of Foyt's team's deal with Texaco (AUTOWEEK, 1/22 issue)....JULIUS ERVING met with 76ers Owner HAROLD KATZ last week, fueling speculation he was offered the job of GM/Coach and even a part of the team. Erving: "There was no offer made and there's no interest on my part." Erving said he wanted to discuss plans to turn the team around before they moved into the new CoreStates Center next season (N.Y. POST, 1/23)....GARY BETTMAN was a guest on "Charlie Rose" last night. Bettman, asked if basketball is the fastest growing international sport: "It depends on who you talk to. ... He (NBA Commissioner David Stern) would say yes. But I would say it is going to be, or it is, hockey. ... They are taking an American sport and exporting it. Eighteen percent of our players come from Europe and the former Soviet Union. ... The interest level of our game in Europe is phenomenal" (PBS, 1/22). LATE NIGHT NOTES: Jay Leno unveiled the cover of SI's swimsuit edition on "The Tonight Show" last night ("Tonight Show," NBC, 1/22). On "Late Show," David Letterman was followed by "DaveTrax," a blue dot similar to the one surrounding the puck on Fox. Letterman reviewed the puck while viewing highlights of the All-Star Game: "Like people had no idea there was a puck on the ice" (CBS, 1/22).