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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).
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).
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).