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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

         STEPHEN BOLLENBACH was named President and CEO of Hilton
    Hotels.  He was CFO at Walt Disney Co. and was "instrumental" in
    the $19B purchase of Capital Cities/ABC (WALL STREET JOURNAL,
    2/5)....Appointments at Ryka Inc.:  STEVE WOLF was named CFO,
    LISA DOLEZAL was Manager of Product Marketing;  DONNA JORDAN was
    named Manager of Marketing Services, and MARIA SCUTARO was named
    Manager of Customer Services and Internal Sales
    (Ryka)....LAWRENCE JONES has been named the new Chair at
    Rollerblade Inc.  He replaces ROBERT NAEGELE JR.  Nordica is now
    the majority owner of Rollerblade, Inc. (Rollerblade)....The
    Rockets have promoted MICHAEL BURCH as Dir of Events and Creative
    Services.  He was Event Services Manager.  Also, they promoted
    JERRY FELLENSTEIN to Dir of Corporate Services (Rockets)....The
    A's have promoted DAVID ALIOTO to Exec Dir of Business
    Operations, Sales and Marketing.  He was Dir of Merchandising and
    Purchasing (A's)....Advantage Int'l has inked Texas A&M RB LELAND
    MCELROY for management and marketing representation
    (Advantage)... USA Baseball elected JOHN KELLY as a USA Baseball
    At-Large Member.  He is founder and President of Events Partners,
    an Atlanta-based event management and consulting company (USA
    Baseball).
    

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  • WOOLF'S REPUTATION TAINTED BY CHARGES OF IMPROPRIETY

         A front-page story in Monday's BOSTON GLOBE examined the
    legacy of pioneer sports agent Bob Woolf and how the company
    bearing his names struggles to remain competitive.  Since his
    death in November '93, Woolf Assoc. has dealt with "a spate of
    lost clients and lawsuits from his era that together have laid
    bare a Boston sports icon's questionable financial practices."
    Uncovered documents and testimony from clients and employees
    implicate Woolf and the firm with "regularly overcharging
    players, engaging in an apparent conflicts of interest by taking
    both fees and investment commissions," and pursuing a series of
    bad ventures for clients.  Woolf's widow, Anne:  "This criticism
    would have made him really sad.  He was trying to do his very
    best for his clients, give them a good future and protect them
    after their playing days were over."  Currently, Woolf Assoc. is
    trying to shape "a new identity" with "a young team of agents and
    only three employees left over from the Woolf regime."  The firm,
    which has lost 2/3 of its NBA clientele, has increased baseball
    clients and expanded into auto racing and golf (Daniel Golden,
    BOSTON GLOBE, 2/5).
    

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