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ROBERT ERB, Dir of Sports Marketing at adidas; PAT WILLIAMS, Magic Senior Exec VP; PAUL BEESTON, MLB COO; HAL PRINCE, Mach One Marketing President and RICHARD KREZWICK, President of the New Boston Garden, will all be keynote speakers at the 1998 National Sports Forum, January 18-20, in Boston. The NSF is the largest conference dedicated to team marketing and sales, and will feature discussions about "Team and Event Marketing," "Fan Entertainment," "Group and Season Ticket Sales Strategies" and "Corporate Sponsorship." Eighteen breakout sessions and a "behind the scenes" tour of Fenway Park and the FleetCenter are also included. For attendance/trade show exhibitor info, contact Seaver Marketing Group at (619) 469-4101. THE DAILY is the Official Publication of the National Sports Forum.
MARTY GILBERT was named COO of IL-based sports information company STATS Inc. (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/6). ...ESPN named MIKE WADE Manager/Corporate Communications. Wade had been a Senior Account Exec with Cohn & Wolfe since '96. He will be based in N.Y. (ESPN)....Oakley promoted JON KRAUSE to VP/Operations, a newly created position. Krause had been Oakley's Dir of Information Technology (Oakley). ....ScheerSports, Inc., named JAMES MARTIN and LARA BETH JOHNSON Account Execs. They will be responsible for selling ECHL Greenville Grrrowl season tickets (ScheerSports).
The Toronto GLOBE & MAIL listed its fifth-annual "25 Most Powerful and Influential People in Canadian Sports." In Toronto, James Christie wrote that players are "no longer mere gears in a big machine run by the owners. More and more, they are becoming partners" (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/2): RANK NAME POSITION/ORGANIZATION 1) Bob Goodenow Exec Dir, NHLPA 2) Suzanne Steeves Senior VP, CTV Sports & Baton/CTV 3) Larry Walker OF, Rockies 4) John McCaw Chair, Orca Bay Sports 5) Gary Bettman NHL Commissioner 6) Claude Brochu President, Expos 7) Allan Slaight Owner, Raptors 8) Don Baizley Agent 9) Allan Rock Canada's Health Minister 10) Bobby Clarke GM, Canadian Olympic Hockey 11) Alan Clark President, CBC Sports 12) Shannon Miller Coach, Can. Women's Olympic Hockey 13) Ken Dryden President, Maple Leafs 14) Carol Anne Letheren CEO, Canadian Olympic Assoc. 15) Bob Nicholson Senior VP, Hockey Canada 16) Lorie Kane Professional Golfer 17) Harley Hotchkiss Part Owner, Flames/NHL Board 18) John Tory CFL Chair 19) Gordon Craig Founder, TSN; CEO, NetStar 20) Bob Sauve Agent 21) Greg Rusedski Tennis Pro 22) Larry Tanenbaum Minority Partner, Maple Leafs 23) Jacques Villeneuve Auto Racer 24) Tiger Woods Professional Golfer 25) Louis Daignault Journalist
ABC's "Bad As I Wanna Be: The DENNIS RODMAN Story" has been given a February 1 airdate (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/31). ...Chiefs RB MARCUS ALLEN "has agreed to buy most" of Kansas City's Broadway Ford from Owner JERRY GREEN. The dealership will be renamed "Marcus Allen's Broadway Ford" (K.C. STAR, 1/3)....Akron Beacon Journal columnist TERRY PLUTO has written "When All The World Was Browns Town," published by Simon & Schuster (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 12/22)....HOWIE LONG was a guest on CBS' "Late Show" with DAVID LETTERMAN last night. Long, after Letterman suggested that all players should play both ways: "You obviously have never rushed Dan Marino down in Miami when it's 98 degrees." Letterman: "Don't be so quick to assume that! I may have!" Long: "Dave, you're a very talented man, obviously, but I just don't see you bringing the heat on third down" ("Late Show," 1/5)....The Sporting News' Senior VP/Editor JOHN RAWLINGS and ROBERT WUHL of "Arli$$" were guests on "Bloomberg Morning News" to discuss TSN's "100 Most Powerful" list. Rawlings, on how TSN compiles the list: "We're looking for people who get things done in the sports world. We do a lot of reporting, we talk to people who were on the list before, who want to be on the list. And the question is, 'Tell me who gets things done'" ("Bloomberg Morning News," PBS, 1/5).