SBD/31/Sports Industrialists

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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              The SLOC named J. CHARLES RICH as Chief Medical Officer
         for the 2002 Winter Games (SLOC)....AND 1 named ERRIN CECIL-
         SMITH as Dir of Corporate Communications.  Cecil-Smith was
         most recently Director of PR & Integrated Communications at
         The Brownstein Group (AND 1). ...Met-Rx named MARK DEGORTER
         as VP/Marketing (Met-Rx)....The ABL named RODGER RICKARD as
         Senior VP/Development.  Rickard is the former CEO of Comish &
         Carey Residential Real Estate (ABL). ...SportsChannel OH
         promoted TOM FARMER from Senior Producer/Dir to Exec
         Producer, and GLENN MEYER from Programming Manager to Dir of
         Programming & Ops (SportsChannel OH).
    
    

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  • MARTINA TAKES MICHAEL TO TASK FOR ROLE MODEL IMAGE

              MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, in her column for CONDE NAST SPORTS
         FOR WOMEN, writes that MICHAEL JORDAN is a "great athlete,
         but not a great role model."  She adds that Jordan could
         "make a bigger difference with a lot of kids by talking about
         issues like race and drug issues," but that he is "almost a
         textbook case of being politically ambiguous, especially when
         he knows his words are being reported."  Navratilova adds
         that Jordan "advising" TIGER WOODS on how to handle his
         celebrity is "not good for anyone."  Navratilova: "Coyness,
         avoidance of the media and declining to offer an opinion may
         be safe, but they don't help kids."  Navratilova: "[M]illions
         of youngsters are silently watching your every move.  They
         need to figure out how to be like you without the talents you
         have. ...It may be nice to sit on the fence, but you'll have
         to stand up eventually" (SPORTS FOR WOMEN, 11/97).
    
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

              MIKE PAUL, President of NY-based MGP & Associates, Inc.
         announced the creation of MGP's Sports Division.  The
         division will handle general sports marketing assignments,
         but mostly specialize in counseling athletes through various
         crisis situations, including sexual harassment, racial
         discrimination and drug addiction (MGP & Associates).
              OTHER NAMES: SHAWNA RICHER has joined the Toronto Globe
         & Mail as a Toronto-based sports reporter, and will cover "a
         wide range of sports," including football (GLOBE & MAIL,
         10/30). ...DONNA SUMMER will sing the national anthem at
         tonight's Celtics season opener against the Bulls (Celtics).
    
    

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  • READY FOR SOME WITCHKRAFT? PATS OWNER PROFIELD IN BOSTON

              Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT is profiled in BOSTON
         magazine by Steve Buckley.  Buckley: "Feeling burned by the
         media, believing that his words have been distorted and that
         his aborted attempt to build a 69,000-seat stadium in South
         Boston was misreported, Kraft has become a somewhat
         suspicious owner.  When Kraft speaks these days, his words
         sometimes sound as though they'd been first written down and
         rehearsed in front of a mirror."  Kraft: "I was naive.  I'm a
         lot more careful about what I say now."  Buckley concludes:
         "The worst thing we can say about Bob Kraft is that he wants
         to be loved, that he wants us to keep thanking him for saving
         the Patriots.  And what's wrong with that?" (BOSTON, 11/97). 
    
    

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  • TROY FURR CALLED UP BY THE CBA

              TROY FURR, THE DAILY's Media Relations Manager, has been
         named Director of Media Relations for the Continental
         Basketball Association.  Troy joined THE DAILY in '95 as a
         Staff Writer, was later promoted to Assistant Editor, and has
         served as Media Relations Manager since January '97.  Those
         who have worked with Troy know of his sharp mind, affable
         personality, incredible enthusiasm, and infectious laugh.
         Everyone at THE DAILY is extremely proud of Troy and
         congratulate him on his new position.  
         
    

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