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JEFFREY BELSKUS has been named COO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Belskus had been IMS Exec VP/Administration and Operations (IMS). In Indianapolis, Bill Koenig reports that Belskus is now responsible "for most of the major departments at the Speedway," and that one priority "is to boost corporate support of the IRL" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 1/22)....G. CLIFTON PENNELL was named President of R.J. Reynolds' Sports Marketing Enterprises. Pennell has been with RJR since '79 and has been a Brand Marketing Senior VP since '85. He fills the position of the late T. WAYNE ROBERTSON (STAR-NEWS, 1/21).
DREW ROSENHAUS was profiled by ABC's Chris Wallace on "PrimeTime Live." Wallace: "This 31-year-old Miami sports agent has 45 players and has negotiated $300 million in contracts. And along the way he's made countless enemies." Rosenhaus: "I have zero respect for my competitors. I spit on them." Rosenhaus's competitors "claim he steals players from other agents, that he's more interested in making a quick buck than looking out for their long-term interests." DAVID WARE, the agent for BARRY SANDERS: "I believe if ballplayers were women that Drew Rosenhaus would be a pimp. ... His style seems to give the impression that we're all used car salesman and that the players are the used cars." Rosenhaus denied charges that he steals clients, but Dolphins President EDDIE JONES has banned him from the team's practice facility, saying Rosenhaus solicited players signed with other agents in the parking lot. Wallace noted that the NFLPA "received so many complaints about Rosenhaus that it toughened the regulations against stealing clients. It's known as the Drew Rule" ("PrimeTime Live," ABC, 1/21).