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              The Coyotes promoted BRENDA TINNEN to Senior VP/
         Marketing & Sales from VP/Sales & Service; TIM WEIL to
         VP/Corporate Sales from Dir of Corporate Sales; and MARK
         HULSEY to VP/Broadcasting from Dir of Broadcasting
         (Coyotes)....ScheerSports, which owns the ECHL Greenville
         Grrrowl, named JOHN SCHLANSKER Account Exec (ScheerSports).

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              WAYNE KNIGHT, who plays Newman on "Seinfeld," will
         throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday,
         the night before NBC's "Seinfeld" finale (N.Y. POST, 5/10).
         ...Patriots VP/Player Personnel BOBBY GRIER, Northeastern
         Univ. Center for Study of Sport Founder RICHARD LAPCHICK and
         Celtics Exec VP/Corporate Development M.L. CARR were honored
         by the Organization for a New Equality for "their commitment
         to helping minorities and women excel economically off the
         playing field" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/10)....Kentucky Derby-
         winning jockey KENT DESORMEAUX has retained LARRY FELDMAN as
         his agent.  Feldman has been D. WAYNE LUKAS' agent since
         '96, and will seek endorsements and speaking engagements for
         Desormeaux (Mult., 5/8)....ALAN EAGLESON was charged with
         misconduct in jail, after signing a sports calendar for
         another prisoner, despite being warned earlier not to sign
         autographs (GLOBE & MAIL, 5/11)....Patriots DE WILLIE
         MCGINEST has started an entertainment company, 55
         Entertainment, that promoted a show last Thursday at the
         Wonderland Ballroom in Boston (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/10). 

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              MAGIC JOHNSON was profiled by Leslie Stahl on "60
         Minutes" and discussed his battle against HIV, his feelings
         about today's NBA and his burgeoning business empire. 
         Johnson, on MICHAEL JORDAN's domination of today's younger
         players: "We love to play.  We love to compete.  Most of
         these guys, they'd rather have a shoe commercial on TV than
         win a championship."  Stahl: "Magic worked to make a bundle
         from basketball and endorsements, which he has now parlayed
         into a business empire and a personal fortune estimated at
         $100 million.  His latest project is to bring upscale stores
         and services to the inner-city."  Johnson, on joining with
         Sony to open a 15-screen multiplex movie theater in South
         Central L.A.: "Minorities used to [be], or still are, the
         number one moviegoers of any group of people, but they don't
         have any in their neighborhoods."  With the movie theaters,
         Johnson said he and Sony have "changed Hollywood, I think, a
         little bit, and their mindset."  Stahl reported that other
         companies "are clamoring" to be Johnson's partner, from TGI
         Friday's to Starbucks.  Stahl: "Magic says he's showing that
         black customers are eager to support businesses owned by
         blacks and staffed by blacks" ("60 Minutes," CBS, 5/10).

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              MICHAEL JORDAN's unwillingness to discuss social and
         political issues was examined by Gare Joyce of the Toronto
         GLOBE & MAIL, who wrote that Jordan is "an idol to some,"
         but to others he "is a fallen hero for not endorsing social
         causes."  Joyce: "Where does he stand on affirmative action? 
         On Nike's exploitive sweatshops in East Asia where Air
         Jordans are manufactured?  Nobody knows. ... It's hard to
         miss what was never there, yet Jordan's silence is
         conspicuous.  We know everything there is to know about him,
         except what he believes in and what is in his heart." 
         Author JOHN HOBERMAN: "He's thoroughly a corporate
         phenomenon with no apparent social or political conscience." 
         Chicago high school basketball player DANNY GRAVES, on
         Jordan: "What's Jordan do?  Man, he spends all his time
         golfing, living high and everything and doing commercials. 
         Do we like him?  No.  Do we want to be like Mike?  Sure. 
         Rich and out of here.  He sure doesn't want to be like us." 
         But journalist DAVID HALBERSTAM says he respects Jordan's
         right "to not have an agenda."  Halberstam: "There are too
         many ... celebrities who have opinions and political causes
         without a lot to back them up" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/9).
              MJ & THE FALK-MAN: In N.Y., Mitch Lawrence reported
         that DAVID FALK's sale of FAME is "the first sign that
         Michael Jordan is heading for exit."  Lawrence added that
         Falk's "top money man," CURTIS POLK, was "in disbelief" over
         the $120M deal.  The Falk group expected to receive "only"
         $70M from the sale (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/10).

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