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              Racing Champions Corporation announced Rand McNally
         President & COO JOHN BAKALAR and Comdisco CFO & Exec VP JOHN
         VOCSICKY have been elected to its board (Racing
         Champions)....Leo Burnett Co. is bringing in former Nike
         Inc. Global Advertising Dir JOE MCCARTHY to be a Creative
         Consultant (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/18).

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              The World Research Group's Interactive Sports
         Conference began yesterday at New York City's Hilton &
         Towers.  Wednesday's scheduled speakers/moderators: IBM
         Global Telecom and Media Industries VP/Broadcasting, Sports
         & Cable WILLIAM MOSES; ESPN Chilton Sports Poll Exec Dir
         RICHARD LUKER; SportsLine USA Founder MIKE LEVY; ABC News
         Internet & ESPN Internet Ventures President TOM PHILLIPS;
         AudioNet President MARK CUBAN; Ad Age Exec Editor SCOTT
         DONATON; ABC News/ESPN Internet Ventures Senior VP/
         Advertising RICH LEFURGY; Turner Interactive Marketing &
         Sales Senior VP & GM RICHY GLASSBERG; SportsLine USA Exec VP
         MARK MARIANI; InterVU VP/Marketing & Sales DOUG AUGUSTINE;
         BBDO, N.Y., Senior VP/Associate Media Dir FRAN LAUFER; Young
         & Rubicam New Technologies Senior VP/Group Dir ANTHONY
         MANSON; Ogilvy & Mather Manager of Interactive Media JEFF
         MINSKY; Internet Profiles Corp. Dir of Marketing & Business
         Development TIM REED; MPath VP/Network Programming TOM
         GARLAND; Kesmai Corp. President JOHN TAYLOR; The Sporting
         News GM JOHN KASTBERG; and Faulkner Strategies Group, Inc.
         President GREG FAULKNER.  The conference concludes today
         (THE DAILY)....Based on a "strong response" to the pilot for
         Twentieth Television's "highly touted" talk show hosted by
         EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON, "sources said high-level" execs at
         Fox are "seriously eyeing" shifting the show from a
         syndicated run and using it as a late-night broadcast on the
         Fox Network (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 9/17).

    Print | Tags: ABC, ESPN, IBM, Orlando Magic, People and Pop Culture, Walt Disney

              In the wake of the deaths of PRINCESS DIANA and MOTHER
         TERESA, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES columnist Rick Telander examined
         the charitable nature of MICHAEL JORDAN.  Telander: "Jordan
         works out, makes his commercials, signs his deals, plays his
         games, then mainly hides on the golf course.  In the realm
         of potential sainthood, this is a triple bogey.  Where,
         critics ask, is Mike's social conscience?  How much money
         does he need?  Why isn't he spending his spare time in
         hospitals, war zones and slums, doing good works? ... Why
         isn't Jordan more like ... DAVID ROBINSON, who just pledged
         ... $5 million, to help build a school and civic center in
         inner-city San Antonio?  Why? ... People should not forget
         that Jordan helped build the James Jordan Boys and Girls
         Club in Chicago or that he recently gave $1 million to the
         School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina. 
         Nor should they forget that he was attacked by a professor
         speaking at winter commencement ceremonies at UNC for not
         giving more money to another cause, the Black Cultural
         Center.  Nobody can please everyone.  In the end, you must
         please yourself.  So the only real question for Jordan is
         this: Are you happy with what you see?" (SUN-TIMES, 9/17).

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