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Ascent Entertainment named Denver's "longtime rock 'n roll promoter," BARRY FEY, as an entertainment consultant, according the DENVER POST. Ascent CEO Charlie Lyons said Fey "initially will work with the Nuggets on promotions, but I expect he will be dealing with the Avalanche." Fey will not be involved in the day-to-day operation of the teams, and "his primary objective will be to renew interest" in the Nuggets. Fey: "I want a night at the Nuggets to be fun for the fans. Sports is supposed to be about entertainment, but sometimes that's forgotten" (DENVER POST, 10/2).
The IHL named DEBBIE KINDER as Licensing Manager. Kinder spent the last three seasons heading up the merchandise department for the Phoenix Roadrunners (IHL). ...JAMES BROWN was promoted to VP/Affiliate Sales & Marketing at ESPN from Dir of Affiliate Sales & Marketing -- Western Region (ESPN)....GREG MILLARD has been promoted to Senior Manager, Properties at CT-based The Marment Group (TMG), where he was previously Manager, Properties (TMG).
BRYANT GUMBEL, on "Larry King Live" last night, asked whether he will do any work for CBS Sports: "We have talked about the possibility of doing something. I'm not looking to go back into the sports world, and frankly they've got people over there who I'm a fan of and who do a wonderful job, and CBS Sports doesn't need Bryant Gumbel." Gumbel, on whether he thinks MARV ALBERT will return to TV work: "I would be surprised if we see him back on television in the short term ... I'd be absolutely amazed" (CNN, 9/30).