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The NBA Kings named BARRY GIBSON Dir of Ticket Sales (N.Y. POST, 6/6)....NCAA Group Exec Dir for Membership Services JOHN LEAVENS and DAN CALANDRO, a Dir of the Div. I Men's Basketball Championship, announced that they will leave the organization when it moves to Indianapolis (K.C. STAR, 6/6)....Former MLB Cardinals PR assistant DAVE FANNUCHI will become Dir of Media Relations for the AZ Fall League (St. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/6)....SCA Promotions named TOM FLOERCHINGER COO (SCA)....Dallas City Manager JOHN WARE will run an investment company financed by Stars Owner TOM HICKS. Hicks Muse Tate & Furst "will entrust $500 million of capital in Mr. Ware to invest in Southern Dallas and other areas" (Todd Gillman, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/6).
MAX MUHLEMAN is profiled by Leah Beth Ward in a CHARLOTTE OBSERVER cover story. Muhleman "is the marketing maven to some of the biggest names in the business," who seek out Muhleman for his "disciplined, pull-no-punches analysis of their dreams." Ravens Owner ART MODELL, who hired Muhleman to run his team's PSL campaign: "People try to BS you. He doesn't." Beth Ward: "Muhleman is anything but slick. He's more like the mild-mannered uncle who knows more than he lets on. He's the straight shooter who can make even the most egotistical team owner listen to hard realities." Muhleman Marketing has run five PSL campaigns in the last five years and while Muhleman Marketing doesn't disclose revenues, Muhleman "pegged annual revenues at somewhere between" $1M-10M (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/8).
Washington Sports' ABE POLLIN, on the late Washington Post sportswriter SHIRLEY POVICH: "There was something about his writing that was so very clear, so easy to follow. It was nonconfrontational, no anger in it" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/6). ESPN's DICK SCHAAP called Povich "the consummate gentlemen, his prose and manner equally impeccable" ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 6/7). In N.Y., IRA BERKOW wrote Povich was "considered one of the finest gentlemen in the sometimes inelegant world of sports" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/7). In Miami, EDWIN POPE wrote, "Perspective was his game, liveliness his style" (MIAMI HERALD, 6/6)....During halftime of Game Two of the NBA Finals, MAYNARD TRUDEAU, a 74-year-old Bulls fan, hit his first shot of the AT&T $2M Shootout, taking home $250,000 (NBC, 6/5)....In Tampa, Tom McEwen profiled retiring NFL Senior VP/Broadcasting VAL PINCHBECK, a "trusted NFL executive for more than 28 years, one of even temper, good humor and an appreciation of the good life" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 6/7)....BRAD PITT and MATT DAMON are among those being mentioned to play MICKEY MANTLE for a film being developed by Fox 2000 Pictures (Rush & Molloy, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/8)....MAGIC JOHNSON's "The Magic Hour" debuts in syndication tonight at 11:30pm ET. Johnson said the show will not include an opening monologue (N.Y. POST, 6/8).