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The Giving Back Fund, a MA-based charity dedicated to helping athletes and entertainers create and manage charitable foundations, hired HADLEY MORASH as Dir of Client Relations, and EDWARD PESELMAN as Dir of Communications (THE DAILY)....DONNA SABINO was promoted to Dir of Strategic Planning & Research for SI For Kids. She was Research Director (SI)....Ogden Entertainment, which manages the Providence, RI, Civic Center, hired SEAN MCHUGH as Marketing Dir (Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 3/1).
CBS's ANDY ROONEY: "My major complaint about television coverage of all sports events, not just the Olympics, is that producers don't understand how important pauses are for viewers. ... Television ruins it by filling in all the pauses with commercials or chatter from the announcers. ... Shut up, for gosh sakes, and let us enjoy the game!" ("60 Minutes," 3/1)....PHILIP GUARASCIO, General Motors VP & GM/Marketing & Advertising for the company's North American operations, is profiled by Robin Pogrebin in the N.Y. TIMES. Guarascio "has moved away from nitty-gritty negotiating to making big deals," like GM's deal with NBC Sports and the USOC making GM the official car & truck of the U.S. Olympic team through the 208 Games (N.Y. TIMES, 3/2)....WFAN ended its 9th annual TOMORROWS CHILDREN FUND/C.J. FOUNDATION FOR SIDS radiothon with a record $2.3M, including a $500,000 contribution from AT&T (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/2)....ESPN and MLB Giants play-by-play announcer JON MILLER has written "Confessions of a Purist," scheduled to be released later this month. The book is co-written by MARK HYMAN and published by Simon & Schuster (S.F. EXAMINER, 2/28)....BRETT FAVRE makes his movie debut in, "There's Something About Mary," playing a pro quarterback who tries to win back his old girlfriend, played by CAMERON DIAZ. MATT DILLON and BEN STILLER also star in the film (K.C. STAR, 3/1).
PICABO STREET appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Friday. Street, on her family: "It's not like we're grungy hippies that don't shower and things like that. There's a lot of fallacies that can come along with that" (NBC, 2/27)....TNT's JIM LAMPLEY also appeared on the "Tonight Show." Lampley wore his CBS Olympic credentials, which CBS threatened to take away if he continued doing Olympic reports for the "Tonight Show." Lampley: "This is the credential that was threatened by a competing network. It may surprise you to know that a competing network has such enormous interest in you, Jay" (NBC, 2/27)....TARA LIPINSKI was on the "Late Show" Friday. DAVID LETTERMAN, on Lipinski's age, 15: "You can't even drive. ... Let me tell you something, you take your gold medal down to the DMV and see what happens. Nothing" ("Late Show," CBS, 2/27).
JEFFREY POLLACK, President & Publisher of THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY, has resigned from his position. Pollack: "As reported this weekend, Times Mirror has purchased InterZine Productions, owner of THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY. While I wish Times Mirror the best of luck and success in determining the future direction of THE DAILY, I have decided that personally it is time for me to move on to new challenges. Accordingly, I am resigning as President and Publisher, effective immediately." LOOKING BACK: Pollack created and founded THE DAILY in February 1994, and sold the publication to InterZine in September 1996. Pollack: "When I started THE DAILY in 1994 our goal was to create the sports industry's first daily trade publication and provide sports executives with a news service that is preeminent in its scope and perspective. I believe that goal has been accomplished and I hope that, in the process, we have made a positive contribution to the sports industry. Most importantly, over the last four years, I have had an opportunity to work with some wonderful people at THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY. For that, I will always be grateful" (THE DAILY).