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RICK WINSTON has left his position as Dir of PR at the NHLPA. The NHLPA had no comment on a possible successor (THE DAILY)....The board of the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority voted unanimously to appoint DENNIS ROBINSON President/CEO of the body that runs the Meadowlands Sports complex, and other facilities in NJ (N.Y. TIMES, 3/21).... One-On-One Sports promoted CAROLYN PHILLIPS to VP Dir/ Marketing. Phillips will be in charge of all communication areas for the net and its O&Os (One-On-One Sports).
Actor KEN HOWARD, star of "The White Shadow" basketball series on CBS in the late '70s, will play the head of a sports agency in the LUKE PERRY pilot, "The Game," to air on ABC (DAILY VARIETY, 3/27)....JOE MONTANA and RONNIE LOTT are Exec Producers of "Adventures with Kanga Roddy," an educational children's offered for syndication this year (N.Y. POST, 3/27)....CHRISTIA ALOU, the daughter of Expos manager FELIPE ALOU and sister of Astros OF MOISES ALOU, is looking to become a certified player agent. But the MLPBA cites a previous ruling that says such a certification could create a conflict of interest. Christia has asked that the policy be reversed. A decision could come within a month (BASEBALL WEEKLY, 3/25 issue)...SAMMY SOSA purchased 320 tickets for Miami school children for Tuesday's Cubs-Marlins Opening Day at Pro Player Park. Sosa had promised to buy the tickets for the kids during his "Sammy Claus" seven-city holiday tour last December (THE DAILY)....Raptors G DOUG CHRISTIE has hired DWIGHT MANLEY as his new agent (TORONTO SUN, 3/26)....MUHAMMAD ALI was on Capitol Hill to "fight for more research money for Parkinson's Disease." Dr. ABRAHAM LIEBERMAN, Ali's doctor and head of the Nat'l Parkinson Foundation: "He's not bitter, and he's not angry that he has Parkinson's Disease. It is, he feels, something that God gave him" (CNBC, 3/26)....On CBS's "Late Show," stage manager BIFF HENDERSON filed a report from the Yankees' spring training camp. Yankees players BERNIE WILLIAMS, DAVID CONE, DAVID WELLS, DARRYL STRAWBERRY, JORGE POSADA and JOE GIRARDI appeared in the piece (CBS, 3/26).
REGGIE WHITE "talked himself out of any chance he many have had of getting a job as a studio or game analyst" on CBS, according to Bob Wolfley of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Wolfley said that White, who "spoke against homosexuality and stereotyped various races and ethnic groups," has "damaged, if not destroyed, his potential to be hired at other networks, as well" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/27). CBS officials indicated that White "won't be considered for an NFL commentator's role." CBS Dir of Communications LESLIEANNE WADE: "CBS has a hard and fast policy against bias at all times. ... Anyone who violates the policy of the corporation cannot be an employee" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 3/27). NFL officials could not be reached for comment. Packers Exec Dir of PR LEE REMMEL: "As an organization we have no comment on Reggie's appearance before the state legislature" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27). WHITE ON DEFENSE: In Milwaukee, Borsuk & Kissinger report that White's "only regret ... was that some people, especially many in the media, were focusing only on" specific comments. White: "I don't regret anything I said. ... I'm not going to back off what I know God has put on my heart to share" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/27). White appeared on the 6:30 ET edition of "SportsCenter" to discuss his comments. White: "Everything I said, I said. I'm not going to try to put anything in context." White, on his comments about different races: "I don't see how in the world that [the comments] could have made or been presented as generalizations that criticized race. Why would I want to criticize my own race? ... People are going to take offense to everything. I stand by everything I said" (ESPN, 3/26). REAX: A MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL editorial said, "In urging unity, White fanned disunity" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/27). In DC, Jennifer Frey: "White sounded like a bigot, and he sounded like a hypocrite. Mostly, though, he sounded like a fool. ... It would be hypocritical -- not to mention incredibly risky, in a public relations sense -- for CBS to hire White now" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27). In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs said White "is allowed his stereotypes," and "CBS is allowed to exercise its right not to hire him as a football analyst" (HARTFORD COURANT, 3/27). Human Rights Campaign Strategist DAVID SMITH: "Clearly Mr. White showed a great deal of disrespect to a number of groups -- not only gay Americans, but including gay Americans. These are certainly not remarks you would expect to hear from a role model" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27). The story was reported on ABC's "World News Tonight." WI Legislature State Rep DAVID TRAVIS: "Even though he's a great American hero, he said some things that were inappropriate" (ABC, 3/26).