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Mighty Ducks President PIERRE GAUTHIER will assume the post of team GM, as former GM JACK FERREIRA has been offered a new position with the club (Mighty Ducks)....Soccer Promoter EMILIO POZZI was named Senior VP/Venues for the '99 FIFA Women's World Cup Organizing Committee (WWOC)....MSG named ROBERT POLLICHINO as its new Exec VP/Finance. Pollichino served as Rainbow Sports Senior VP for the last five years (MSG)...The USTA named ROBERT GEBBIE as Dir of Administration & CFO. The USTA also promoted PATRYCIA AZZARA from U.S. Open Assistant Ticket Manager to Ticket Manager (USTA)....Former CISL Dir of Operations DON SHAPERO was named Special League Advisor for the first-year Premier Soccer Alliance indoor league. He will assist league President GORDON JAGO in all matters affecting the PSA's operation, business planning and development (PSA).
ABL Blizzard GM PAM BATALIS was named ABL VP/Sales. CHRISTOPHER SIENKO, the Blizzard's Dir of Marketing & Corporate Sponsorships, will serve as interim GM. In her new role, Batalis will be responsible for league-wide sales strategies, including national corporate sponsor solicitation. Batalis will remain in the Hartford national sales office (ABL). ABL CEO and co-Founder GARY CAVALLI said that he "hopes to name Batalis' successor by the start of the league's third season," and that Sienko "will be among the leading candidates" (HARTFORD COURANT, 8/7).
The producers for Fox's "ALLY MCBEAL" were in Boston yesterday, shooting some scenes at Fenway Park. None of the show's stars attended, and neither did the Red Sox, who are in Texas on a road trip (BOSTON HERALD, 8/6)....ROLLING STONE's "Hot List" names MLB Cardinals draft pick J.D. DREW as its "Hot Bonus Baby." ESPN's STUART SCOTT, whom the mag says "fits perfectly into this, the hip-hop era of sports," is named "Hot Sportscaster," and the TIMBERWOLVES are tabbed as the "Hot NBA Team," with ROLLING STONE citing their "youth, good uniforms and great TV commercials (can't get enough of those Fun Police)" (ROLLING STONE, 8/20)....The master of science in sports administration at CANISUS COLLEGE received full accreditation from the NORTH AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SPORT MANAGEMENT, making it the only school in NY State to be recognized by the organization, and one of only 12 schools in the world to offer master's level sport management/ administrations programs (Canisus College).
Facing a "likely shift to bad time periods by many stations," syndicator Twentieth Television yesterday "pulled the plug" on MAGIC JOHNSON's talk show, "The Magic Hour," according to Richard Huff of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Original episodes of the show will air through this week and repeats will remain on the air for the rest of the summer. The cancellation comes one day shy of the show's two-month anniversary. The show was drawing about two million viewers nightly (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/7). DAILY VARIETY's Cynthia Littleton reports that Twentieth TV is said to have lost "at least" $10M on the show's development and production. The entertainment wing of Magic Johnson Enterprises still has a movie and TV deal with the studio (DAILY VARIETY, 8/7).