SBD/7/Sports Industrialists

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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              NHL Enterprises named GLENN CHRISTOPHER WAKEFIELD as
         its VP/Canadian Business Operations.  Wakefield was most
         recently Nike's Dir of Sports Marketing for its hockey
         division (NHL Enterprises)....LOIS FRIEDMAN was named VP/
         Research for Madison Square Garden (MSG).
              
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

              Former NBA player KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR wants to bar
         Dolphins RB KARIM ABDUL-JABBAR, formerly know as Sharmon
         Shan, from using that name.  The NBA's Jabbar, who filed
         suit Thursday in LA, "claims there are too many similarities
         between the two UCLA products" (USA TODAY, 11/7)....Palace
         Sports & Entertainment co-Owner DAVID HERMELIN received U.S.
         Senate confirmation to become U.S. Ambassador to Norway
         (DETROIT NEWS, 11/7)....DEREK DICKEY, a Bulls radio analyst,
         was listed in serious but stable condition at Northwestern
         Memorial Hospital on Thursday, a day after suffering a
         stroke (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/7)....DON KING, on MIKE TYSON's
         recent interview on ABC's "PrimeTime Live": "I think Mike
         did exceedingly well.  The people got an opportunity to see
         the other side of Mike.  He's not a complainer, but he's an
         explainer."  Tyson is being advised by NV-based PR
         consultant SIG ROGICH (REVIEW-JOURNAL, 11/6).
    
    

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  • SHAQ OPENS NEW BUSINESS IN COMPTON TO HELP TROUBLED YOUTHS

              SHAQUILLE O'NEAL has opened an apparel and marketing 
         business in Compton, CA, in the "hope of creating jobs and
         keeping kids out of trouble," according to the L.A. TIMES. 
         The $3M apparel facility, which employees "about" 40 people,
         will be able to print 15,000 to 20,000 T-shirts a day and
         imprint sportswear with O'Neal's TWISM (The World Is Mine)
         logo.  TWISM is a partnership between O'Neal and CA-based
         Cyrk, a promotional products company (L.A. TIMES, 11/7).
    
    

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  • STEINBERG STRESSES ACTIVISM, EYES NEW BUSINESS VENTURES

              LEIGH STEINBERG is profiled by USA TODAY's Bill Meyers
         in a front-page cover story.  Steinberg "thinks way outside
         the box. ... And as one of sports' most powerful and
         persuasive agents, he's convinced his 65 NFL clients ...
         that they can be rich, responsible role models who earn big
         dollars and perform good deeds."  Although his firm has
         negotiated more than $1B worth of sports contracts since
         '92, Steinberg said, "If the sole effect of my being an
         agent is boosting salaries and raising ticket prices, I
         can't see that. ... My dad brought me up to be a social
         activist."  Steinberg is "diversifying beyond sports -- into
         entertainment, politics and technology."  He is trying to
         bring an NFL team to Hollywood Park, but he would not sell
         his firm to become team owner. Instead "he probably would
         develop an interactive sports theme park adjacent to a new
         football stadium."  Steinberg is also helping CA-based video
         game publisher Interplay Productions hold an IPO, and is
         working with MotionVideo, which "sells a digitized video
         sports trading card" (USA TODAY, 11/7).
    
    

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