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American Skiing Chair LES OTTEN will join the board of the Conservation Law Foundation, a Boston-based environmental group (USA TODAY, 5/26)....Former ACOG CEO BILLY PAYNE resigned yesterday as Vice Chair of NationsBank. He will become Chair of Orcestrate.com, a new subsidiary of GA-based Premiere Technologies. Payne will work with his son, PORTER, who has a "strategic partnership" with Premiere (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/26)....Kaleidoscope Sports & Entertainment named BARRY SCHWARTZ VP/Media Properties & Exec VP of Kaleidoscope Entertainment. Schwartz was President of JMS Creative Media (KS&E).
CBS Sports President SEAN MCMANUS married TRACY LYNNE TORRE on Saturday in Westport, CT (N.Y. TIMES, 5/24)....An ad for the MICHAEL JORDAN SENIOR FLIGHT SCHOOL appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Held in Las Vegas from September 3-6, the 35 and older camp costs $15,000 per person (THE DAILY)....The N.Y. POST's "Page Six" cited an "insider" yesterday who said that Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER told SS DEREK JETER "a few weeks ago to cool it with MARIAH [CAREY], or else." Steinbrenner spokesperson HOWARD RUBENSTEIN: "George never gets involved in the personal lives of his players" (N.Y. POST, 5/26).....In N.Y., Meier & Smith examined the financial situation of MIKE TYSON, who has filed suit against DON KING and his former managers. Meier & Smith: "It is not clear whether Tyson's claims will ever go to trial. ... Tyson, despite all his problems, remains the sport's biggest draw. The question that remains is who will share the bounty with him" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/24)....The COLUMBUS DISPATCH ran a three-part series on JACK NICKLAUS's business empire Sunday through Tuesday (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/24-26)....In N.Y., Kirk Johnson examined the academic field of sports studies, and wrote, "Sport is now regarded by social scientists as a lens on human behavior, by economists as a growth industry and by feminists as a vehicle for examining and challenging sexual roles. Perhaps most important, it is being embraced by growing numbers of students" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/23).