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  • NHL LINKS WITH FAMILY ICE ENTERPRISES TO DEVELOP NHL SKATE

              The NHL has formed a partnership with Family Ice
         Enterprises, LLC, an affiliate of Mentmore Holdings Company,
         on the development and construction of NHL Skate ice and in-
         line hockey facilities.  Family Ice Enterprises will have the
         exclusive right to develop NHL-themed ice and in-line
         facilities and entertainment centers in the U.S.  Mentmore
         Vice Chair William Remley said construction of the first
         rinks will begin this spring, with plans to develop more than
         100 rinks across the country.  The first two sites targeted
         for the development include Exeter, NH, and St. John, IN. 
         Plans for NHL Skate include two regulation-sized ice sheets
         with combined seating for 1,000 spectators, eight NHL-themed
         locker rooms, an NHL FANtasy zone, a food court and retail
         component.  Each facility will include programs for youths,
         adults, public skating, instructional programs and various
         NHL-themed events.  The league has named Mighty Ducks G Guy
         Hebert and U.S. women's gold medal winner Karyn Bye as
         spokespeople for the facilities.  Two NHL Skate facilities
         currently operate under separate owners.  The first opened in
         Birch Run, MI, in '97 and was developed via a licensing
         agreement with Signature Sports.  A facility in Danbury, CT,
         expected to open this fall, is being developed by Arc (NHL).
              MORE ICE, ICE, BABY: The facilities are expected to cost
         between $6-7M each and NHL Senior VP Steve Solomon said that
         Family Ice and the league will work together on potential
         sites: "We have certain hockey knowledge.  They have certain
         real estate knowledge.  In the final analysis, I think we'll
         mutually agree on sites."  Solomon said he was "hopeful we
         can get at least 10 [complexes] done in the next couple of
         years.  And from that, we'll be able to see how fast we can
         move to the next level" (Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 5/19).
              FRIENDS, NOT RIVALS: NHL Enterprises currently has a
         relationship with another Mentmore affiliate, Rival Sports,
         the company backed by the Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan, which
         designs and markets hockey branded apparel (NHL).
    
    

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  • PGA'S $6M DONATION TO FIRST TEE; WORLD GOLF VILLAGE OPENING

              The PGA of America has made a three-year, $6M commitment
         to The First Tee initiative and will provide additional
         resources for the planning and development of First Tee
         facilities and curriculum.  The PGA's financial commitment
         includes $1M annually for three years to help fund The First
         Tee, plus $1M annually for three years for a PGA Section
         grant program to apply directly to initiatives (PGA). 
              HALL OF FAME: The World Golf Village opened yesterday,
         with a Hall of Fame ceremony honoring Nick Faldo and Johnny
         Miller.  More than 3,000 spectators watched as 25 of the 37
         living Hall of Famers attended.  In Jacksonville, Gene
         Frenette called the event "reminiscent of the recent Academy
         Awards when nearly every living Oscar-winning actor and
         actress showed up."  One HOFer missing was Jack Nicklaus. 
         World Golf Village Exec Dir Ruffin Beckwith: "I think a lot
         of people were surprised that Jack wasn't here" (FL TIMES-
         UNION, 5/19).  In Ft. Lauderdale, Randall Mell writes that
         the Golf Village is "Disney-esque in its ambitious, all-
         encompassing scope.  The architects of this grand design
         aimed to include every possible aspect of golf" (SUN-
         SENTINEL, 5/19).  In Detroit, Vartan Kupelian writes under
         the header "World Golf Village Is A State-of-the-Art
         Paradise."  PGA Tour Commissioner/World Golf Foundation Chair
         Tim Finchem: "This will be a living, breathing, changing,
         evolving facility.  From the moment we open the doors, we'll
         intrigue golfers of all levels" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/19).  In
         N.Y., Clifton Brown writes that it is "clear that the complex
         was designed not only to celebrate golf's history, but to
         attract a new generation of fans heading into the next
         century" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/19).  The LPGA, which has never had a
         structure for its Hall of Fame, is combined with the men at
         the World Golf Village (USA TODAY, 5/19). 
    
    

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