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SportsLine USA has hired MARK MARIANI, former Turner Broadcasting Exec VP of Sports Sales, as its new Exec VP. Mariani will be responsible for "creation, development and sale" of interactive advertising and sponsorship on SportsLine (SportsLine USA). Mariani: "The Internet is the new frontier for communications much the way cable was when I joined Turner 10 years ago" (INSIDE MEDIA, 4/25)....76ers Dir of Public Relations JOE FAVORITO has resigned, effective immediately (SportsTicker)....MARK GOLDSTON, former President of L.A. Gear and one-time Chief Marketing Officer for Reebok, was named President of Einstein Bros. Bagels of Golden, CO. He most recently headed the Goldston Group, an L.A.-based consultancy (AD AGE ONLINE, 4/25).
Republic Industries reported near tripling of first-quarter profits, the result of WAYNE HUIZENGA taking control and beginning an expansion drive (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 4/24)....Federal search warrants indicate Earl Nolton Jr., ALONZO MOUNRING's cousin who was arrested at Mourning's home last week, used Mourning's car, cellular phone and home to make drug deals and hide drug money. Mourning is not a target of any investigation (WASHINGTON TIMES, 4/25)....WASHINGTON POST business columnist Rudolph Pyatt examines the new-found relationship between Bullets/Caps Owner ABE POLLIN and BET President ROBERT JOHNSON. Pyatt writes, "Monday's meeting marked the beginning of a cooling-off period for Johnson and Pollin. They now realize they can do business in a mutually beneficial way. Entering into a formal business deal is just a matter of what and when" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/25).