SBD/26/Sports Industrialists

NAMES IN THE NEWS

     Olympic gymnastic coach BELA KAROLYI will appear on the MTV
Video Music Awards on September 4 as a "coach" to DENNIS RODMAN,
HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, ALANIS MORISETTE AND SNOOP DOGGY DOGG
(N.Y.POST, 8/25)....Lakers rookie KOBE BRYANT makes a cameo on
HBO's "Arli$$" September 4 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,
8/26)....AutoNation USA, WAYNE HUIZENGA'S used car operation, has
bought land in Plant City, FL, for a reconditioning facility.  It
will employ over 100 people (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/24). In other
Huizenga news, Republic Industries has denied a N.Y. Post report
saying that ADT Ltd. "is close to rejecting its proposed" $4B
buyout offer.  The proposed buyout would give Republic Chair
Huizenga a $2.2B-a-year "juggernaut with interests in waste
disposal, electronic security and used cars" (MIAMI HERALD,
8/24). ...JOE MONTANA, along with three other investors, is
exploring the purchase of Metro Distributors, which distributes
Coors beer in the Kansas City area (K.C. STAR, 8/25)....PHIL
JACKSON is hosting a party in conjunction with the Democratic
National Convention for BILL BRADLEY at MICHAEL JORDAN'S
restaurant in Chicago (N.Y.POST, 8/25)....Young CEO's are the
subject of a N.Y. TIMES Sunday feature, "How Young Is Too Young
for CEO's?"  Morrow Snowboard Founders, ROBERT and NEIL MORROW,
both 26, are featured (N.Y. TIMES 8/25)....Among TEXAS MONTHLY's
"Most Influential Texans of '96":  MICHAEL JOHNSON, "the fastest
-- and the classiest" by "showing his medal in Sports";  while
MICHAEL IRVIN, "the ringmaster of the Media Circus. ... fumbles
his private life" (TEXAS MONTHLY, 9/96).
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