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SHAWN HUNTER yesterday announced he will leave Colorado Ski Country USA to become COO of the NHL Jets when they move to Phoenix for '96-97. Hunter, 32, will become one of the youngest chief execs in all of pro sports (DENVER POST, 1/3)....RODNEY SCOTT has joined F.A.M.E. as a Marketing Manager. He will be responsible for local and regional marketing of clients. Scott comes from the Durham Bulls (F.A.M.E.)....CARL MARSALIS resigned as GM of Astrodome USA. He will be replaced on an interim basis by SKIP BALCOMBE, former Astros VP/Sales & Marketing (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/4). ....The Padres promoted FRED UHLMAN to Assistant GM. He had been Special Asst to the GM (WASHINGTON POST, 1/4)....JAY LINDEN has been named VP-Director of Daytime/Late Night Sales at NBC. He was Dir of Olympic Sales for NBC's coverage of the '96 Summer Games (AD AGE ONLINE, 1/4)....The MLS D.C. United have named the following: STRICK HEILMAN as Dir of Business Development & Marketing; STEPHEN ZACK as Dir of Media & Promotions; BEAU WRIGHT as Dir/Commun.; and FRED MATTHES as Dir of Ticket Sales (United)....DICKIE VAN METER has resigned from Iowa City-based Licencing Resource Group to establish "Market Maker," a marketing and merchandising company. DICK RADEMAKER will assume the role of President for LRG (Licensing Resource Group).
NOLAN RYAN will be grand marshall of the '96 Parada del Sol Arizona Super Bowl XXX Parade (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/3). ....VANESSA WILLIAMS has been chosen to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XXX (USA TODAY, 1/4)....'96 Dream Team Coach LENNY WILKENS, interviewed at halftime on TBS last night, said the offer has been made to Michael Jordan to join the team, but added, "He's just not ready to commit himself" (TBS, 1/3)....Phoenix sports mogul JERRY COLANGELO is profiled in this morning's Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. Colangelo, on getting both an NHL and MLB team in one year: "It wasn't a master game plan. We've had a lot of success. I feel like I'm in a role of a deal maker. I make things happen" (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/4)....HAKEEM OLAJUWON will release an autobiography soon on February 1 entitled "Living the Dream, My Life and Basketball" and published by Little Brown and Co. (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/2).