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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              The NHL named CLAUDE LOISELLE Manager of Hockey
         Operations (NHL).  Loiselle replaces DAVID NONIS, who
         resigned to become the Canucks' Senior VP/Hockey Operations
         (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 8/19)....Wieden & Kennedy, OR, named NORMAN
         SHAFFER Group Media Dir for the Nike account, a new post. 
         He was Exec VP & Dir of Media Services at Jordan McGrath
         Case & Taylor, NY (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/19)....Turner
         Sports promoted TOM HUGHES to Dir of PR (CABLE WORLD, 8/17)
         ...Tennis Canada Media Dir LORETTO VELLA "has been let go in
         a downsizing move"....PATRYCIA AZZARA was promoted from U.S.
         Open Assistant Ticket Manager to Ticket Manger....Reebok
         promoted DOUG CAHN to VP/Human Rights Programs, from Dir of
         Human Rights Initiatives (TENNIS WEEK, 8/20 issue).
    
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

              Bucks F TYRONE HILL recently signed a deal with the
         polygram Entertainment Group affil Platinum to distribute
         his All Net Records label.  Billboard Senior Editor MELINDA
         NEWMAN: "It always seems that athletes want to be rock stars
         and rock stars want to be athletes" (VIBE, 8/10 issue).
              THE 29TH WORKS FOR US: MATS WILANDER will perform with
         recording artists dada -- whose "California Gold" was the
         second-most played song on alternative radio earlier this
         month -- and THE TORIES, at the '98 U.S. Open Player Party,
         August 29 at N.Y.'s China Club.  The party is sponsored by
         Heineken USA (THE DAILY)....The MLS Mutiny announced THE GOO
         GOO DOLLS will perform at the closing of Houlihan Stadium
         after the team's last match on September 13 (Mutiny).
              OTHER NAMES: IOC Medical Commission Chair ALEXANDRE DE
         MERODE "responded" to recent remarks made by IOC President
         JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH about reducing the list of banned
         substances.  De Merode: "The president can have his
         opinions.  I do not understand, and they make me aghast ...
         people who want to reduce the list are the people who want
         to let doping function" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/18)...JIM
         CONNELLY, who recently resigned as NFLP Senior VP/Consumer
         Products, "is said to be a candidate for a top marketing
         post" at the NHL and "is a possible contender" to replace
         BOB GAMGORT as President of MLBP (AD AGE, 8/18)...."JUDGE
         MILLS LANE," the new courtroom show, "came out fighting in
         its syndication debut Monday" with a 21% ratings boost for
         the time periods it occupies on metered-market stations
         (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 8/19)....FRANK DUROSS, co-Owner of the
         A League Rochester Rhinos and the AHL Providence Bruins,
         sole Owner of the NLL's Boston Blazers and a limited partner
         in the MLS Fusion, is profiled in the Rochester DEMOCRAT &
         CHRONICLE.  A successful "sports entrepreneur" and
         millionaire, DuRoss is currently "spearheading" Rochester's
         push for an MLS team (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 8/15).
     
    

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  • THE KID'S GLOVES COME OFF: GRIFFEY DEFENDS NIKE/CHIDES ESPN

              KEN GRIFFEY JR. writes a first-person cover story with
         Claire Smith in ESPN MAGAZINE where he talks of his
         relationship with Nike and today's media.  Griffey: "Nike
         doesn't force you to do anything you're not comfortable
         with.  Yes, I've gotten questions the last couple years
         about Nike: 'How come the factory workers are only making
         this much?'  I really got grilled by one reporter.  I said,
         If you give me a couple of days to find out about it, I'll
         answer all your questions.  And I got a printout a few days
         later, and showed him that factory workers are comparable to
         firemen, teachers, policemen and more in those societies. 
         That's what people don't get to see.  The just see numbers -
         - they're getting this, and we're getting this -- instead of
         dealing with what their societies make and what our society
         makes."  On the media: "There are a lot of things the media
         don't always understand.  I agree with ESPN on a lot of
         things, but certain things?  People have to be accountable
         for what they say and do.  Athletes, media, everybody.  So
         if you say something negative about somebody, at least give
         them an opportunity to answer.  I don't want to get
         wisecracks.  I want sports.  That's it.  But with ESPN, it's
         like a competition in the studio to see who can say the
         funniest line.  When somebody makes an error, guys in our
         position don't think it's funny.  Then you have the field
         guys at the ballpark wondering why this player or that
         player won't talk.  Send the guy who said the funny line to
         get the interview" (ESPN MAGAZINE, 8/24 issue).
    
    

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