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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).
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).
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).