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BILL FREEMAN has been appointed VP & GM of ESPN Grill. He was most recently CFO at DAKA Int'l Inc (ESPN Grill). ...Panthers/Ericsson Stadium Ops Coordinator MITCH SILVERMAN will become Facility Dir of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Memorial Stadium and Grady Cole Arena Complex beginning December 2 (THE DAILY)....Chicago Sun-Times NFL writer DAN POMPEI is leaving to become the full-time NFL writer for The Sporting News (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/25).
EDITORIAL CRITICAL OF SHINN: An editorial in the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER says that despite a decision not to prosecute Hornets Owner GEORGE SHINN on sexual misconduct charger, his "reputation is in ruins." The OBSERVER: "Since the woman filed the charge in September, Mr. Shinn has made no public statement. His attorney has said, 'There are two sides to every story. There is a side of this story that Mr. Shinn will tell at that proper time....' If people believe the worst about Mr. Shinn, one reason may be that he has offered nothing better to believe. We're not sure what Mr. Shinn and his attorneys consider, 'the proper time,' but [time] seems to us to be running out" (OBSERVER, 11/25). OTHER NAMES: MARV ALBERT and O.J. SIMPSON "have been ousted" from the American Sportscasters Association's new Hall of Fame. Neither of the former sportscasters are mentioned in the ASA's exhibits opening at the MCI Center next week (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/25)....PATRICK EWING held a Thanksgiving dinner at MSG's Club restaurant for 60 kids from Covenant House (N.Y. POST, 11/25)....Lakers C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL is contributing a rap music track for a charity album to benefit underprivileged children. The song is titled "Are You Ready to Fly," and the album is called "Jive's Unreleased Masters for the Children's Health Fund, Vol. 1." The album will be released today (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/25). ...ALBERTO TOMBA is promoting a race called "Slalom For Peace" on December 23 to benefit the injured and the children in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (DESERET NEWS, 11/23). ....With boxer GEORGE FOREMAN announcing his retirement, DAVID LETTERMAN offered his "Top 10 Signs It's Time To Retire From Boxing." Among our favorites: No. 10: Blows to the jaw often cause your entire head to fly off; No. 9: Your last match was promoted as 'The Snooza in Tuscaloosa; No. 6: Instead of 'Let's get ready to rumble!' announcer says, 'Let's watch the geezer get his ass kicked!'; No. 2: Your idea of a one-two combo is metamucil and a nap; No. 1: MIKE TYSON chipped a tooth on your hearing aid" (CBS, 11/24).