SBD/10/Sports Industrialists

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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              DAN WASSERMAN, an attorney/writer who contributed legal
         reports to WFAN, NewSport and recently, the Newark Star-
         Ledger, is the new Communications Dir of the NBPA (NEWSDAY,
         10/10)....The Nashville NHL expansion team named GERRY
         HALPER VP/Communications & Development.  Halper has been
         involved in the NHL since '79 (Nashville NHL)....JOHNNY
         CAPELS, the current U.S. Auto Club Competition Dir, "will
         move up" to USAC President & CEO in December.  Capels was
         elected to succeed DICK KING by the Board of Dir.  King will
         remain as Vice Chair of the USAC Board.  MIKE DEVIN,
         Technical Dir since '92, succeeds Capels as Competition Dir
         (ESPN SportsZone, 10/9)....The Southern League announced a
         three-year contract renewal for league President & General
         Counsel ARNOLD FIELKOW (Southern League).
    
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

              "First Time," part of the "Nickelodeon Sports Theater
         With SHAQUILLE O'NEAL" series, will air Saturday at 9:00pm
         ET/PT.  The program is narrated by O'Neal, who is also one
         of the co-producers.  The First Time episode is produced by
         MICHAEL TOLLIN & BRIAN ROBBINS, who produce HBO's "Arli$$"
         (Nickelodeon).  In L.A., Larry Stewart: "Need a lift?  This
         one-hour dramatic special should do it" (L.A. TIMES, 10/9).
         ...John Feinstein, on DEAN SMITH: "Dean Smith could have
         made a lot more money than he did, but he turned down
         endorsement opportunities. ... He was always outspoken on
         behalf of the players, and that's gotten lost a little bit
         in this rush for all these coaches to have their fancy suits
         and their endorsement contracts the last few years"
         ("Newshour With Jim Lehrer," PBS, 10/9)....The body of DON
         LEVENTHAL, who wrote the NBA Draft Report and contributed to
         ESPN SportsZone, was found Thursday in Philadelphia, after
         an apparent suicide (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 10/10).
    
    

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