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              STEVE SKINNER has joined IL-based Kemper Sports
         Management as VP/Corporate Development & Corporate Affairs
         (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/24)....ADAM BARRETT was promoted from
         VP/Finance to Exec VP of the Lipton Championships (TENNIS
         WEEK, 2/26)....DUANE MCLEAN was named the Seahawks VP/Ticket
         Sales & Services.  McLean had been VP/Ticket Sales & Ticket
         Ops for the Lions (Seahawks)....Nike named VP/GM of Apparel
         Operations MATT WOLFF to replace Global VP Apparel STEPHEN
         GOMEZ (Nike)....STEVE SCHIFFMAN, VP/Strategic Marketing at
         NASCAR's N.Y. office, "is leaving within the next few
         months."  NASCAR hasn't named a replacement, and "may split
         the job into separate functions" (BRANDWEEK, 2/23).

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              Patriots Founder BILLY SULLIVAN died yesterday in FL, of
         cancer at the age of 82.  Sullivan was Sports Publicity Dir
         at his alma mater, BC, in the '30s; PR Dir of the NL Boston
         Braves; and leading founder of the Patriots franchise that
         joined the AFL in '59.  The Sullivan family sold the Patriots
         in '88.  In Boston, Marvin Pave writes that Sullivan
         "presided over the Patriots' affairs with an undeniable
         flair, such as naming the team's new home field in Foxborough
         after himself and his family" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/24). 
         Columnist Dan Shaughnessy calls Sullivan "one of the most
         important sports and charity figures in the history of our
         region" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/24).  In Providence, Jim Donaldson:
         "Bringing the Patriots to New England was not Sullivan's
         greatest sporting accomplishment.  It was keeping them here"
         (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 2/24).  Bill Parrillo: "His detractors
         considered him something of a buffoon, at times, and a
         meddler ... but there can be no questioning his loyalty to
         the region" (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 2/24).  In N.Y., Frank Litsky
         writes that to some, Sullivan "will be remembered not for his
         role in the founding of the [AFL] ... but for his acrimonious
         lawsuit" against the NFL in the '90s (N.Y. TIMES, 2/24). 

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              A "Page Six" report in the N.Y. POST says that MIKE
         TYSON "plans to sue" DON KING for "some of" the $112M he has
         earned in the six fights since his '95 prison release.  Tyson
         will hold a press conference in N.Y. "in the next few days"
         to unveil a lawsuit (N.Y. POST, 2/24)....PBA Hall of Famer
         BRIAN VOSS was on hand last night for the premiere of
         Gramercy Pictures' "The Big Lebowski."  The film stars JOHN
         profiled by John Feinstein in Sunday's N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE:
         "Van Horn is almost certain to be a key figure in the
         N.B.A.'s post-Michael Jordan marketing strategy" (SUNDAY N.Y.
         TIMES MAGAZINE, 2/22)....BARRY BONDS, who owns a bagel
         franchise, said he is thinking about business after baseball. 
         Bonds: "I want to be an entrepreneur.  I want to help other
         athletes better manage themselves" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/23).

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