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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              Starter has divided its product management groups into
         licensed and brand categories: TONY PERUSO will serve as Dir
         of Merchandising for Starter Licensed, while ALAN HANDEL will
         serve as Dir of Merchandising for Starter Brand.  Starter
         also named SUSAN CAISSY LEE as Dir of Design & Product
         Development, BOB FELICE as VP/Field Sales Operations and
         KEVIN MCCARTHY as Dir of Retail Marketing.  Controller SEAN
         SMITH also assumed the title of Chief Accounting Officer
         (Starter)....ESPN Zone named JORDAN NAFTAL as the GM of its
         first restaurant in Baltimore, MD.  Naftal, who comes from
         Hard Rock Cafe Int'l where he served as Dir of Operations,
         will oversee day-to-day operations at ESPN Zone.  ESPN Zone
         also named MARK GRIMES as the Exec Chef.  Grimes will oversee
         all menu development and kitchen staff for each location
         (ESPN Zone)....The PBA named JOHN LAZARUS to its Board of
         Directors.  Lazarus is the Senior Partner, National Broadcast
         Operations for Bozell Worldwide Media (PBA).
    
    

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  • ISLANDERS ANNOUNCE MAJOR CHANGES IN ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

              N.Y. Sports Ventures President DAVID SELDIN announced
         changes to the organizational structure of the franchise.
         Coach/GM MIKE MILBURY has been signed to a five-year contract
         extension.  JOHN SANDERS was named Senior VP/General Counsel. 
         Sanders comes from CT-based law firm Levett, Rockwood and
         Sanders Professional Corp.  WILLIAM SKEHAN, the team's
         General Counsel, remains as Alternate Governor.  DAREN
         ANDERSON was named as VP/Hockey Operations.  Former Dir of
         Player Personnel GORD CLARK has been promoted to Assistant
         GM/Player Personnel.  MIKE SANTOS, the former Assistant GM,
         is now Manager of Player Contracts.  Also named to the team's
         staff include BOB BRENNFLECK as VP/Media & Corporate
         Partnerships and JANET KASK as VP/Administration (Islanders).
    
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

              Univ. of TX golfer BRAD ELDER has announced his decision
         to turn pro, beginning his PGA Tour career by playing in the
         MasterCard Colonial this week.  Elder will be represented by
         O. LYNN ROACH, JR. of VA-based Players Group Inc. (PGI)....
         ALONZO MOURNING was a guest on NBC's "Tonight Show" last
         night.  NBC's Jay Leno: "Now you seem like a nice guy, we
         were talking backstage..."  Mourning: "You too.  You seem
         like a nice guy."  Leno: "And I get booed almost as much as
         you do."  Mourning, on Knicks coach JEFF VAN GUNDY grabbing
         his leg during his fight with LARRY JOHNSON during their
         playoff series: "I really didn't feel him.  Have you ever had
         a piece of gum on your shoe?" ("Tonight Show," 5/18)....ABC
         TV is expected to reveal nine new shows, including "BROTHER'S
         KEEPER," a comedy about a English professor whose brother
         plays for the 49ers, and "SPORTS NIGHT," a comedy built
         around an "ESPN-like sports newsroom" starring ROBERT
         GUILLAUME (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/19)....REGGIE THEUS is "out" as
         the coach on NBC's "Hang Time." Theus will be replaced by
         DICK BUTKUS (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/19)....NBC's JAY LENO: "The
         Clippers have won the right for the first pick in the NBA
         draft.  Talk about an incentive to stay in school" ("Tonight
         Show," 5/18)....THE FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL sponsored a
         luncheon in honor of REGGIE WHITE yesterday in Washington,
         DC, "saying no one else is standing up for his right to speak
         out against homosexuality."  White, from the luncheon: "I'm
         tired of the devil pushing us around.  God is trying to give
         people some guts to speak out on truth" (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/19).
    
    

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