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              ABC News CEO ROONE ARLEDGE announced Friday that after
         21 years "he would turn over leadership" to the division's
         President, DAVID WESTIN, starting on Monday.  Arledge, on
         his legacy: "ABC Sports hardly existed when I first started,
         and I built it into the greatest sports television
         organization there had ever been, at its peak" (N.Y. TIMES,
         5/30).  Arledge will remain Chair of ABC News and add the
         title of ABC Inc. Senior VP ("Business Center," CNBC, 5/29). 
         Arledge will also continue as Dir of ESPN (N.Y. POST, 5/30).
              OTHER MOVES: Ascent Sports announced the following
         promotions: PAUL ANDREWS was promoted from Dir of Ticket
         Sales to VP/Ticket Sales & Operations; TAMARA MCMILLAN from
         Community Relations Assistant to Community Funds Manager;
         DAN SWEENEY from Sales Consultant to Ticket Sales Manager;
         CHE VIALPONDO from Season Ticket Holder Rep to Sales
         Consultant; CHRISTY BAIRD from Game Operations Coordinator
         to Promotions Manager and KIM ERWIN from Games Operations
         Coordinator to Community Events Manager.  Also, HARLAN
         HENDRICKSON was named an Entertainment Coordinator (Ascent).

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              14-year-old RAY SMITH, who suffers from a heart
         condition, was the dugout guest of Yankees Manager JOE TORRE
         for Sunday's game against the Red Sox.  Torre met Ray
         through the STARLIGHT FOUNDATION (Mult., 6/1)....GE CEO JACK
         WELCH is profiled in BUSINESS WEEK and John Byrne writes,
         "The private Welch is a sports fanatic, a movie buff, and
         media junkie engaged equally by scuttlebutt and facts"
         (BUSINESS WEEK, 6/8 issue)....MIKE LUPICA has co-written
         FRED IMUS' new book, "The Fred Book" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/31)
         ....San Diego City Councilmember BYRON WEAR, who "has been
         dogged by his opponents for his role in reaffirming a
         controversial contract" with the Chargers, reportedly
         received a $3,000 campaign contribution from Chargers Owner
         ALEX SPANOS and his family (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 5/30). 

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              NHL Enterprises President RICK DUDLEY "is leaving for a
         top job at Mentmore, the real estate development and holding
         company that is involved in a rink development deal with the
         NHL," according to Terry Lefton of BRANDWEEK.  Dudley, who
         has been with the league since '94, will leave after the
         Stanley Cup playoffs to become President & CEO of Mentmore's
         MHC Investments.  Dudley will oversee the rink development
         venture and the hockey-themed apparel brand Rival, a joint
         venture with the league.  Dudley said the Mentmore portfolio
         will eventually include "everything from (sports-related)
         hard goods to land-based destination entertainment
         facilities to possible construction or ownership of minor or
         major league sports facilities and teams."  Lefton reports
         that league VPs of sponsorship, licensing and fan
         development reporting to Dudley will report to NHL COO STEVE
         SOLOMON "until the league hires Dudley's replacement,
         expected to be from outside the league" (BRANDWEEK, 6/1). 

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