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JIM MAHONEY has been named Chair of Cohn & Wolfe's entertainment division. He will be based out of L.A. (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/25)....BET Holdings has named DEBRA LEE as President & COO of both the holding company and the cable network. The announcement allows CEO ROBERT JOHNSON to focus on "strategic development" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 3/25 issue)....MIKE GANNON was named VP/National Sales at ESPN. EVAN STERNSCHEIN adds OCC Sports and ESPNET SportsZone to his area at VP/Advertising Sales. BRIAN CARR has been promoted to VP/Sales Planning and Administration (ESPN)....CYNTHIA BURNELL was named Senior VP/Affiliate Relations and Marketing for NewSport (NewSport).
Stadium consultant RICK HORROW's work with the NFL to "help keep teams home" is noted in FORBES. Horrow's "first big test" is the Seahawks (FORBES, 4/8 issue)....PRESIDENT CLINTON will throw out the first pitch at Opening Day in Baltimore on April 1. BOB DOLE has been invited to Cleveland for opening ceremonies (PHILA. INQUIRER, 3/26).... MICHAEL IRVIN was officially served with a subpoena to testify today before a grand jury investigating a drug bust where he Irvin was present ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 3/25).... ANDRE AGASSI and BROOKE SHIELDS have set a Spring '97 wedding date ("ET," 3/25).