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              "Several key positions have been eliminated in a
         shuffle at the Corel Centre in the name of efficiency,"
         according to Stuart McCarthy of the OTTAWA SUN.  ROY MLAKAR,
         who had been the Ogden Entertainment-picked President of the
         Senators, became President & CEO of both the team and the
         Corel Centre.  CYRIL LEEDER goes from being President of
         Palladium Corp. the building entity which runs the Corel
         Centre, to COO of the Corel Centre under Mlakar.  STEVE
         VIOLETTA becomes Exec VP of the Senators, handling day-to-
         day management.  Also, Ogden's Dir of Entertainment ROGER
         NEWTON, Guest Services Dir DAVE DACRES, CFO CHRIS ST.
         GERMAIN, and Ogden Marketing Managers NATALIE COURTENAY &
         MICHAEL HAMILTON, "have all been told their positions are
         redundant May 15" (Stuart McCarthy, OTTAWA SUN, 4/15).

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              REGHAN GUPTILL joined the staff of Minor League
         Baseball as Manager of the Baseball Trade Show for the
         Professional Baseball Promotion Corp., a subsidiary of the
         NAPBL (NAPBL)....Raycom Sports announced the hiring of two
         new employees -- KEVIN COLLINS, named VP/National Sales, and
         DAVID FRY, named Midwest Division Manager, while COLIN SMITH
         was promoted to Regional Marketing Manager (Raycom).
         .....Dunlop Maxfli Sports Corporation (DMSC) appointed DAVID
         VOGRIN and GUY PETERS as its new Marketing Managers for Golf
         Balls (DMSC)....SANDY JOHNSON was named Assistant GM for the
         D'Backs.  Johnson will focus on player development and
         scouting (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/14)....ALLISON HODGES,
         President & co-Founder of Three Point, Inc., has been named
         GM of the ABL expansion Chicago franchise (ABL).

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              PAT O'GRADY, a 12-year exec with Etonic, is leaving the
         company, according to Lynn Henning of GOLFWEEK.  O'Grady was
         hired in '86 as Senior VP & GM at Etonic after 12 years at
         FootJoy.  When Spalding Sports Worldwide bought Etonic in
         '96 O'Grady was made a Senior VP "and assigned the mission
         of helping Etonic merge its culture with Spalding's"
         (GOLFWEEK, 4/11 issue).  Henning also reports that Nike Golf
         "is hunting for a new director of marketing following the
         resignation last week of ROD TALLMAN."  Tallman had been
         with Nike since '79 and has headed Nike's golf marketing
         division since '94 (GOLFWEEK, 4/11 issue).

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              KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is developing a TV movie about the
         life of the black inventor LEWIS HOWARD LATIMER, who worked
         with THOMAS EDISON on the development of the electric light
         bulb (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/15).....Marquee Group CEO BOB
         GUTKOWSKI is featured in AD AGE's "On A Roll."  His opinion:
         "Few advertisers are tapping all the available sponsorship
         avenues: harnessing technology for highly effective on-site
         advertising, localized commercials and Internet presence"
         (AD AGE, 4/13 issue)....Villard Publishing Chief BRIAN
         DEFIORE has bought memoirs written by sports agent LEIGH
         STEINBERG (N.Y. POST, 4/15)....Dodgers Exec VP FRED CLAIRE
         was released from the hospital and is "expected to be fine,"
         after suffering from dehydration (L.A. TIMES, 4/15). 

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