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The North Face announced the appointment of JAMES REILLY as its COO. Reilly most recently served as COO of adidas America. Previous positions include President of Taylor Made Golf and GM of Nike France (North Face).
Former InterZine Productions Dir of Business Development IRA WILLIAMS has been named Dir of Business Development for SportsLine USA (THE DAILY)....MLS named J. RICHARD LAW VP/Consumer Products. Law spent the last eight years with Spalding Sports (MLS)....The CBA named JAMAAL WILKES Dir of Program Development. Wilkes will direct, support and facilitate CBA outreach as assigned by CBA Commissioner STEVE PATTERSON (CBA)....Dallas businessman FRED MCCLURE has been elected to a two-year term as Chair of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. For the last two years, McClure has served as one of four vice-chairs on the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl's Board of Directors (CBAA). ...MARIAN MELCHER HANSON has been named to the newly created post of VP/Special Events marketing at ESPN. Hanson was at Int'l Promotion Management (BRANDWEEK, 3/24 issue).
Academy Awards host BILLY CRYSTAL, greeting Best Actor winner and Lakers fan JACK NICHOLSON during the opening of the 70th Academy Awards: "I'm a Clippers fan. We don't get to the same games" (ABC, 3/23)....Celtics coach RICK PITINO was profiled in the ROBB REPORT by Michael Lindenberger, who wrote that Pitino "brings hard work and discipline to a league known for millionaire twenty-somethings who often resist hard work. The Pitino factor can be summed up in two words: respect and enthusiasm" (ROBB REPORT, 3/98). ...Announcer RAY SCOTT, the TV voice of the Packers during the Lombardi era, died Monday in Minneapolis following a long illness (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/24).....DUTCHIE CARAY, the widow of HARRY CARAY, will sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh inning of the Cubs home opener April 3. The team says she will be the first in an array of "guest conductors" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/24)....The Supreme Court, without comment, refused to drop DON KING PRODUCTIONS as a co-defendant in the insurance-fraud suit against King. King was "hoping to make himself less vulnerable" to the charges. The case against King will begin next week (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/24)....Former Penguins President JACK KELLEY is serving as a hockey technical advisor on the new Disney film "Mystery, Alaska," which chronicles a hockey team in AL. The film, produced by Penguins Owner HOWARD BALDWIN and his Baldwin/ Cohen production company in conjunction with TV producer DAVID KELLEY, will be released later this year (THE DAILY).