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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).
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).
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).
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).