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TOM HAGOPIAN has joined Cablevision's Product Management & Marketing team as VP/Interactive Products in the Consumer Product Management Division. Hagopian previously served as President & COO of InterZine Productions and was VP/GM of ESPNET (THE DAILY)....Buena Vista Internet Group Senior VP/Advertising RICH LEFURGY "is leaving to pursue other interests" (AD AGE, 8/13). ...PlanetAll, a Web contact management service owned by Amazon.com, named KENNETH DOTSON Senior VP/Marketing & Development. Dotson, who served as VP/Marketing & co- Creator of CBS SportsLine, was the first person hired by SportsLine USA CEO MICHAEL LEVY (PlanetAll).
U.S. SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ) told USA TODAY that "the fix is in" for MIKE TYSON to receive his boxing license from the state of NJ tomorrow. McCain: "They (New Jersey regulators) are going to deliberate and then give him a license -- it's obvious" (USA TODAY, 8/13)....SPIKE LEE was at Yankee Stadium yesterday shooting scenes for his upcoming film on the '70s murderer, Son of Sam (HARTFORD COURANT, 8/13). Also, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN attended yesterday's Twins- Yankees game, and Yankees OF BERNIE WILLIAMS had his guitar autographed by Springsteen. Springsteen wrote, "If you're ever tired of baseball.... Best Wishes, Bruce Springsteen" ("Showbiz Today," CNN, 8/12)....Univ. of IN men's basketball coach BOBBY KNIGHT is named in a $4M suit by MARK TREADWELL, a former recruit, for "breach of contract." Treadwell, who was told in the spring that he would not be admitted for "academic reasons," has been diagnosed with clinical depression and has been under a doctor's care. Knight: "From our standpoint, there's no problem I could imagine" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/13)....A report in the Cleveland said that if the DEBARTOLO FAMILY's deal to sell the Thistledown horse racing track to FL-based CALL NOW "falls through," Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER "might just step forward and pick up the pieces" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/12).
Rainbow Media Holdings named ANDREA GREENBERG Exec VP of its Rainbow Sports division, according to Rich Katz of DAILY VARIETY. The move makes Greenberg "one of the highest-ranking female executives in sports television." In her new position, Greenberg will head the Fox Sports Net RSNs. Greenberg, who will report directly to Rainbow President & CEO JOSH SAPAN, previously served as Senior VP/ Business & Regulatory Affairs (DAILY VARIETY, 8/13).