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JULIA LEVERING, the first VP of the USTA, will succeed HARRY MARMION as President of the organization. Marmion will remain on the board for two years in the position of immediate past President. Levering was first elected to the USTA Board of Dir in '94. MERVIN HELLER will become first VP of the Board (USTA)....The USOC named SCOTT BLACKMUN as its General Counsel/Dir of Legal Affairs. Blackmun had been a Managing Partner of the CO-based law firm Hogan & Hartson since '94 (USOC)....The 76ers named KAREN FRASCONA Dir of Communications. Frascona served as Associate AD/Media Relations at Villanova Univ. (76ers)....The Marketing Arm hired GWIN BARR, former SI Sports Marketing Manager, to open its office in Charlotte, NC. Barr will be responsible for leveraging corporate sports sponsorship for companies based in NC and SC and expanding NASCAR promo involvement (TMA).
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL is "unofficially" slated to appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on October 3 (PHILA. INQUIRER, 9/17)....MICHAEL O'BRIEN has written "No Ordinary Joe," a biography on Penn State Univ. football coach JOE PATERNO. In Philadelphia, Stan Hochman reports that the book, which "tries so desperately to mix equal amounts of praise and criticism ... winds up stuck in the middle" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 9/17)....A daughter of GONE WEST sold for $1.45M on Tuesday, "smashing the record price for a filly" at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale (AP/Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 9/17)....Director/Producer STEVEN HAHN and co-Producer KRISTIN BASH, of WA-based 92 DEGREES FILMWORKS, are filming a documentary spotlighting the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds. Filming began at training camp last month and will continue throughout the team's 72-game season (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/16).
THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY will be relocating to Street & Smith's Sports Group's new offices in Charlotte, NC, on September 30. If you have any questions, please call Shelly Finkel at (203) 838-0800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our new address and phone/fax numbers as of September 30: THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY 120 West Morehead Street, Suite 220 Charlotte, NC 28202 Phone: (704) 973-1500 Fax: (704) 973-1501