NAMES IN THE NEWS
Published May 29, 1996
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.