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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              Russell Corp. named JOHN WARD as its President & CEO. 
         Ward, once CEO of Sara Lee's Hanes Group, replaces JOHN
         ADAMS, who retired after more than 21 years with Russell
         (N.Y. TIMES, 4/2)....BRIAN BERGER has resigned from his
         position as Marketing Manager of the Rose Quarter to form
         his own PR and marketing firm, Brian Berger PR, based in
         Portland, OR.  Berger had been with the Trail Blazers and
         Oregon Arena Corp. since '92 (Berger PR)....The Phillies
         promoted DAVID BUCK to VP/Advertising Sales.  Buck had been
         Dir of Ad Sales since '96.  DEBBIE NOCITO was named Manager,
         Client Services.  She was an assistant to former VP/
         Marketing DENNIS MANNION.  RORY MCNEIL was promoted to Dir
         of Broadcasting & Video Services.  McNeil was Dir of Sales. 
         KURT FUNK will also oversee Merchandising in addition to his
         current duties as Dir of Events (Phillies)....WorldLink has
         promoted former FSN Account Exec MEHRANZ ISSARI to VP/Sales
         from Dir of Sales (WorldLink)....FLOYD PATTERSON resigned as
         NY State Athletic Commissioner, "ending a tenure clouded by
         bizarre comments that fed speculation his fighting days had
         severely damaged his memory" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/2). 
    
    

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  • IF ONLY GEORGE COSTANZA STILL WORKED FOR THE TEAM

              The NEW YORK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU wants to
         show the hour-long series finale of NBC's "SEINFELD" on the
         jumbotron at Yankee Stadium following the Rangers-Yankees
         game on May 14, according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y.
         TIMES.  Yankees General Counsel LONN TROST said that the
         team's marketing department "was investigating the
         feasibility of getting the rights to show the episode on
         tape."  NBC West Coast President DON OHLMEYER said that he
         "doubted the plan could succeed."  Ohlmeyer: "You'd be
         playing it in front of a paying audience in an arena. 
         That's not what the rights are for" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/2).  
              THE SPITTER RETURNS? In N.Y., Neal Travis reports that
         former Mets 1B KEITH HERNANDEZ will appear in the "Seinfeld"
         finale.  Hernandez previously appeared in "one of the most
         watched episodes in the show's history" (N.Y. POST, 4/2).
    
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

              The VILLAGE VOICE's J. Hoberman reviews MICHAEL MOORE's
         "The Big One," which opens April 10.  Moore "meets his match
         in Nike CEO PHIL KNIGHT.  A relaxed and jovial middle-aged
         hippie type, Knight provides the world's largest shoe
         company with a human face while deflecting the filmmaker's
         various ploys."  Moore does get Knight to match a $10,000
         donation to the Flint, MI, school system, "a dirt cheap
         product placement for Nike and an inexpensive special-effect
         for Moore, with good vibes and tax deductions all around"
         (VILLAGE VOICE, 4/1 issue)....The NCAA and JERRY TARKANIAN
         have reached a settlement on his seven-year-old lawsuit one
         month before it was to go trial.  Tarkanian will receive
         $2.5M after he contended the NCAA targeted his teams and
         "made up evidence to try to run him out of coaching"
         (Baltimore SUN, 4/2)....Reds CEO MARGE SCHOTT is recovering
         at Jewish Hospital Kenwood after having a hip surgically
         repaired Wednesday afternoon.  She fell on her driveway and
         broke her hip on Tuesday (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/2).
     
    

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  • SLOC'S GILLESPIE RESIGNS; USOC TAPS NEW DIR OF BROADCASTING

              CYNTHIA GILLESPIE has resigned as SLOC's VP/Federal
         Relations, according to Mike Gorrell of the SALT LAKE
         TRIBUNE.  Gillespie will help SLOC find her successor.  She
         will remain a paid consultant to SLOC and the Washington,
         DC, law firm with which she works, King & Spaulding, will
         continue to work for SLOC on Olympics-related issues
         involving the federal government (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 4/2). 
              USOC MOVE: JEFFREY GENTHNER has been named Dir/
         Broadcast Marketing for the USOC.  Since '94, Genthner was
         GM of PASS Sports RSN in Detroit (USOC).
    
    

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