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The Dodgers named BOB GRAZIANO Exec VP. Graziano had been team VP/Finance since '87 (Dodgers)....The USBL New Hampshire Thunder Loons named FRANK O'DELL SR. President & Owner and WILLIAM RICHMOND VP & General Counsel (USBL). The Dolphins named NEAL GULKIS Media Relations Coordinator. ...The A's named DAVID ALIOTO Senior Dir of Marketing & Business Ops, KEN PRIES Senior Dir of Broadcasting & Communications, DAVID RINETTI Senior Dir of Stadium Ops, MARK SOWINSKI Dir of Corporate Advertising, and JIM BLOOM Dir of Marketing Communications (SportsTicker).
ALAN NERO, Founder & President of CSMG Int'l, Ltd., has struck a deal with the Korean Professional Baseball Organization (KBO) that would allow a minimum of 24 U.S. pros to play in South Korea in '98. Nero and CSMG will act as consultants for the KBO (CSMG)...."Fox After Breakfast" has signed MICHAEL JORDAN's mother, DELORIS, to do monthly segments on parenting and raising a happy family (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/14)....WILT CHAMBERLAIN criticized MICHAEL JORDAN on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" yesterday, calling Jordan a "hot dog." Chamberlain: "During my time, if you did a 360-degree dunk you would either be on your butt or on the bench" (N.Y. POST, 2/14).