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MLB has hired former MLB Cardinals VP and "long-time" Anheuser-Busch Exec MARK GORRIS as VP/Team Services. Gorris will be responsible for selling MLB's centralized marketing programs to its clubs (Terry Lefton, BRANDWEEK, 3/3)....CBS Sports has named TONY PETITTI Senior VP/Business Affairs & Programming (CBS)....DelWilber + Associates promoted KIM DONOVAN to Senior Dir of Operations for DWA USA; SUSAN STUDE to Senior Project Dir of DWA USA; JILL STEPHENS to Senior Dir of Marketing for Ice Capades; and BRAD WHITING to Manager of Corporate Services for Ice Capades. Also, RICK LEVINE joined DWA as Senior VP/Marketing & Business Affairs. Levine was formerly GM/COO for the MLS Rapids (DWA).
The N.Y. DAILY NEWS' Mitch Lawrence reports that if former Mavs' Exec KEITH GRANT doesn't return to Dallas, he will be the "prime candidate" to succeed MARTY BLAKE as the NBA's "superscout" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/2)....BILLY CRYSTAL was at Saturday's Warriors-Bullets game to talk to the Bullets' GHEORGHE MURESAN, who will co-star in Crystal's next film, "My Giant." Crystal said he was impressed with Muresan's performance in a Snickers commercial. Crystal: "Chicks dig him" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/2)....Muller Sports Group Founder ROBERTO MULLER, born in Uruguay, is the subject of a N.Y. POST series that looks at the "inspiring stories" of people who have come to America and succeeded (N.Y. POST, 3/2)....DIEGO MARADONA plans to develop an international chain of cafe/restaurants called the Maradona Cafe (FINANCIAL TIMES, 3/3).
Orioles Owner PETER ANGELOS was profiled by Marc Fisher in an extensive feature in the WASHINGTON POST's sports section. Fisher: "[He] is a short fellow who carries himself like a Big Guy. ... The owner is a man who jabs the air with his stubby fingers to make a point. He's a millionaire who thinks of himself as a city kid who had to scramble to make it." Angelos: "Baseball is something like the U.S. Senate. You're supposed to sit quietly in the back row while the country goes to hell, and I don't do that well" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/2)....Caldwell Watson, a firm partly owned by Aeros and potential NHL Owner CHUCK WATSON, is developing a 100,000-square-foot industrial project in northwest Houston. The complex will include 60,000 square feet of warehouse space and 32,000 feet of office service center space (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/28).