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SANDY GALLIN was named Chair & CEO of Mirage Entertainment & Sports Inc., the entertainment arm of STEVE WYNN's Mirage Resorts. Gallin has stepped down as Chair of Gallin Morey Associates and will be "charged with creating and discovering new entertainment and sports attractions for the Mirage chain" (DAILY VARIETY, 6/4)....Fox named MITCHELL STERN Chair & CEO of Fox TV Station. He was President & COO of Fox TV since '93 (N.Y. POST, 6/4)....The Eagles named JASON GONELLA Dir of Sales, Penthouse Suites. He was Dir of Business Development at the Nets. The Eagles also named ANTHONY MONACO Sales Supervisor, Penthouse Suites. He was a Sales Manager at Pro Player Stadium (Eagles). In other news, the Eagles named MIKE MCCARTNEY as their new Pro Personnel Coordinator. McCartney, the son of former Univ. of CO football coach BILL MCCARTNEY, was a scout for the Bears (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/3)....Callaway Golf has retained LEONARD DECOF from RI-based Decof and Grimm as a Special Counsel. Decof specializes in civil litigation, including sports litigation (Callaway).
Paramount Pictures and producer SCOTT RUDIN have acquired WILLIAM WOLFF's spec script, "Total Sport," which is a "thriller" taking place in the "back rooms of an ESPN- like sports network and covers such" issues as point shaving and gambling. It marks the first sale for Wolff, who "is a veteran producer" of ESPN (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 6/4)... ...MAYNARD TRUDEAU, the 74-year old FL resident who will take part in AT&T's $2M shootout: "If I can hit the rim at least, I won't feel so bad" (Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 6/4)....SHAQUILLE O'NEAL "kicked off his campaign" for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America by donating $1M in an effort to put computer technology in 100 clubs across the U.S. over the next 15 years (USA TODAY, 6/4)....Ravens Owner ART MODELL has sold his "palatial, Tudor-style manor" in Waite Hill, OH, for $1.4M, which was $1.2M "less" than the "original asking price" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 6/3).