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FINAL FOUR SCOOP: ICE CREAM MAKER INKS DEALS WITH NCAA, NHL

          Beginning with last night's NCAA men's champion KY,
     Miami-based American Scoop ice cream will "take the logos of
     top college and professional teams and emblazon them" on
     their ice cream pints, according to Jeffery Zbar of the Ft.
     Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL.  American Scoop CEO Ed Squire said
     that KY will be honored on three different containers, each
     with the school's logo, and "each with a different fact box
     about the team."  Squire will intro the first batch of the
     ice cream to retailers in KY on Thursday.  FL-based Sports &
     Sponsorships will handle the account with NY-based Alan
     Taylor Communications overseeing the PR effort.  Squire
     worked with Sports & Sponsorships President Scott Becher to
     forge deals with the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing
     Company which give American Scoop rights to 79 championship
     events and 200 schools.  Squire has also retained rights to
     be the "official ice cream licensee" of the NHL, and is
     "working to sign" other pro leagues.  The next market
     targeted by American Scoop is Michigan, with links to the
     Univ. of MI and the Red Wings.  American Scoop's premium ice
     cream will retail from $2.39-$2.75 (SUN-SENTINEL, 3/30).
          CHOICE SEATS: All fans who attended Saturday's men's
     semifinal games in San Antonio received specially-designed
     seat cushions containing pre-paid GTE calling cards.  As
     part of its promotion, GTE made a $10,000 donation to the
     Kids Sports Network, which provided more than 300 volunteers
     to place the 40,000 seat cushions in the Alamodome (GTE).

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