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SportsTicker named ROBERT BOHN as Dir of Sales & Marketing (SportsTicker)....PATRICK MCCABE, former West Coast Head of Sales for SportsChannel/MSG Networks, has joined the CA-based sports and entertainment company, The McSand Group, as Partner & co-President (The McSand Company). ...BRETT THACKER has been named Sports Editor of the San Antonio Express-News. BARRY ROBINSON, sports editor since '76, will assume the role of sports department Administrator and Senior Reporter (S.A. EXPRESS-NEWS, 1/10).
LAMAR HUNT was profiled by DONALD VAN DE MARK on "Business Unusual with Lou Dobbs." Hunt, who owns the MLS Crew and Wizards, on MLS' future: "I think it's gonna take off. Even the fact that the U.S. has again qualified for the World Cup helps a lot" ("Business Unusual," CNN, 1/10). OTHER NAMES: PEYTON MANNING has signed with agent LEIGH STEINBERG (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/11)....HOWIE LONG's "Firestorm," which opened Friday, was the seventh-highest grossing film over the weekend, bringing in $4M overall (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/12)....O.J. SIMPSON will be interviewed on ESPN's "Up Close" on Thursday. An ESPN source told Larry Stewart of the L.A. TIMES that there will be no restrictions on questions, and Simpson said, "They can ask me anything they want" (L.A. TIMES, 1/10)....TERRY PLEDGER, who won $1M at the Orange Bowl in the Gillette Touchdown Challenge, was a guest on the "Late Show" with DAVID LETTERMAN on Friday. "Gillette" was mentioned five times, and the video from the FedEx Orange Bowl, with prominent Gillette signage, was shown ("Late Show," 1/9).
Twins Sales & Marketing Consultant PAT FORCIEA "is leaving his $200,000 a year job." His duties will be split by Dir of Corporate Marketing LAURA DAY and Dir of Communications DAVE ST. PETER (Sid Hartman, STAR TRIBUNE, 1/11). Forciea will "concentrate on his job" as the Univ. of MN's Men's Marketing Assistant AD. Twins President Jerry Bell: "This is a bad time for Pat to leave us, but he has two children and it's difficult for anyone to attend 200 events a year" (Sid Hartman, STAR TRIBUNE, 1/10).