SBD/2/Sports Industrialists


          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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