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  • CORPORATE WORLD OF ROGER PENSKE EXPLORED BY N.Y. TIMES

         The multi-billion dollar "transportation empire" of ROGER
    PENSKE was examined by the N.Y. TIMES on Sunday.  In addition to
    the publicly traded Penske Motorsports Inc. (which includes
    speedways in MI, CA and PA), he also owns the Penske Truck
    Leasing Company, the Detroit Diesel Corporation, a chain of auto-
    repair shops recently purchased from Kmart Corporation, and a
    number of auto dealerships in Southern CA.  Penske, on his
    success:  "I don't think anyone is lucky.  All luck is based on
    hard work and being in a position to execute" (Edward Wyatt, N.Y.
    TIMES, 5/26).
    

    Print | Tags: Int'l Speedway Corp., People and Pop Culture
  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

         RAY ALLEN has signed a management agreement with Advantage
    Int'l ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 5/28)....Clarion Marketing &
    Communications announced the following appointments:  ERIC
    LEVINE, Account Supervisor; KIMBERLY TYNER, Art Dir; and LAUREN
    ZEIGER promoted to Account Supervisor from Senior Account Exec
    (BRANDWEEK, 5/27).... ANNE MURRAY joins NFL Enterprises as
    VP/Int'l TV Distribution.  Murray was Dir/Business Ops, TV
    Ventures and New Media for the NBA (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 5/27).
    

    Print | Tags: ESPN, NBA, NFL, People and Pop Culture, Walt Disney
  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         Nike CEO PHIL KNIGHT has donated $25M to his alma matter,
    the Univ. of Oregon, to be used toward construction of a new Law
    School Center and professors' endowment fund.  UO President Dave
    Frohnmayer:  "I have to say it.  Phil Knight just did it"
    (Portland OREGONIAN, 5/24)....LON ROSEN, agent for MAGIC JOHNSON,
    says three teams -- two in Italy and one in Argentina -- have
    expressed an interest in signing Johnson ("NBA Today," ESPN,
    5/28)....ALONZO MOURNING and WBC Welterweight Champion PERNELL
    WHITAKER will be among those honored today by HUD Secretary HENRY
    CISNEROS for being "Heroes of Public Housing" (WASHINGTON POST,
    5/28).
         CLARIFICATION:  On Friday, USA Today mistakenly reported
    that Disney exec Geraldine Laybourne would focus on developing
    ESPN3 now that ABC's all-news cable channel has been postponed.
    An ESPN spokesperson notes Steve Bornstein would oversee
    development of any extension of ESPN, adding that there are no
    official plans as of yet for an ESPN3.
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, ESPN, NBA, Nike, Orlando Magic, RDV Sports, People and Pop Culture, Walt Disney
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