Asics Named Official Partner Of IAAF NHLPA Rejects Offer To Let Players Go To Olympics Selig Among Those Being Voted On For HOF CFP Unveils Four Playoff Teams Texas Approves Deal Worth $25M For Herman LeBron James Wears Cubs Gear To Bulls Game NFL Launches Scouting Combine Fan Fest Johnson, Stewart, Earnhardt Feted At Banquet ACC Title Game Attendance Down Sharply Lundquist Gets Sendoff In Final SEC Broadcast
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Fox Sports Bay Area VP/Programming LARRY MEYERS moves to Fox Sports West, where he will be the Network Coordinating Producer (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/15)....DAVE NEUBECKER was named Exec Dir of Marketing for Fox Sports Interactive. Neubecker was Dir of Promotions at EA Sports and worked in brand marketing at Disney's Buena vista Home Video (AD AGE, 5/15)....RAMIE EGAN has joined the staff at P.S. StarGames. Egan, who formerly worked at Woolf Associates, will concentrate primarily on sponsorship sales as well as athlete endorsements (P.S. StarGames). ..JumboSports has moved its team sales division to a new unnamed and wholly-owned subsidiary led by former Senior VP/CMO CLIFF EPSTEIN. Former Herman's Sports exec JERRY MATTHEWS was named Senior VP/General Merchandising Manager for Apparel, Golf and Tennis. VP/General Merchandising Manager RON HENNEKE will oversee other equipment products (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/14)....MIKE KOPP was named GM of the ABL's Nashville franchise. Kopp was a former coordinator of corporate sales for the new NFL Oilers stadium (ABL). ...MERLE MARTING was named Marketing Dir at Nike Golf....MI- based sports, entertainment & facility management firm Olympia Entertainment promoted BILL LEE from Dir of Marketing to Senior Dir of Marketing (BRANDWEEK, 5/11).
Packers QB BRETT FAVRE has retained WI-based attorney GERALD BOYLE to "weigh possible litigation" against MN-based radio station KQRS, which pulled a "radio prank" on him last December (ST. PAUL PIONEER PLANET, 5/15)....In Chicago, Fred Mitchell reports that "plans are in the works for a book and a movie" about the life of HARRY CARAY (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/15)....THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME holds its annual Awards Day tomorrow in Springfield, MA (Hall of Fame)....Red Sox 3B TIM NAEHRING pitched a plan to Acting MA Gov. PAUL CELLUCCI to build a miniature Fenway Park on state land in Quincy, MA. The nonprofit, 2,500-seat ballpark would be used by Little Leaguers and softball teams. Naehring's personal charitable foundation is seeking about $2M in corporate donations to finance construction of the replica (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/15)....FRANK COSTANZA, to GEORGE STEINBRENNER, as the Yankees Owner gave his testimony against the "New York Four" in last night's "Seinfeld" finale: "How could you give 12 million dollars to HIDEKI IRABU?!" (NBC, 5/14)....TARA LIPINSKI was on "Late Show" last night. DAVID LETTERMAN, on Lipinski turning pro: "[Y]ou're making huge money. Big dough, am I right?" Lipinski: "I guess. You know when you're skating you don't think about the money, you just go out, and the first place you went out there was to have fun." Letterman: "I want to tell you something. When I'm skating, all I think about is money" ("Late Show," 5/14).