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HEIDI UEBERROTH was promoted to Dir and Group Manager, Int'l Programming, NBA Entertainment (NBA)....PABLO BARQUIN has joined ESPN in the newly created position of Manager, Int'l Advertising Sales, Latin America (ESPN).
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR appeared on "Up Close" to promote his upcoming book "Black Profiles in Courage" (ESPN, 3/20)....Orioles Owner PETER ANGELOS was chosen yesterday to handle a lawsuit against tobacco companies on behalf of the state of Maryland (Baltimore SUN, 3/21)....Racing legend RICHARD PETTY is profiled on his GOP bid to become NC's Secretary of State (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/21)....SPIKE LEE talked with Charlie Rose on his fallout with Turner Broadcasting over the making of a film on JACKIE ROBINSON: "It's very political. You know, they just didn't want to make it. I guess they just considered it a black baseball film. I consider it a great American story" (PBS, 3/20).