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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              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).  
    
    

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  • IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: BATALIS NAMED ABL VP/SALES

              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).
    
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

              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).
    
    

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  • TWENTIETH TELEVISION PULLS THE CARPET FROM MAGIC'S RIDE

              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).
    
    

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