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MERRILL LYNCH SIGNS ON AS SPONSOR OF THE ATLANTA GAMES

     ACOG announced yesterday Merrill Lynch & Co. will become an
official sponsor of the '96 Games and the '96 U.S. Olympic Team
in the broker/dealer securities, investment advisory services and
investment banking categories.  Past Merrill Lynch Olympic
involvement was as a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team during the
'88-92 quadrennium.  Presently, Merrill Lynch Exec VP/Private
Client Group John Streffens is Chair of the USOC's National
Finance Committee (ACOG).  On the timing of the deal -- just
about four months away from the start of the '96 Games -- a
Merrill Lynch spokesperson said, "We still have plenty of time to
enjoy the benefits and capitalize on it" (THE DAILY).
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