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  • BEFORE LEAVING, BLAKE EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT USOC

              While "tying up loose ends" at the USOC's headquarters
         in CO, outgoing CEO Norm Blake said that he is "concerned"
         that U.S. Olympic athletes "suffer at the hands of self-
         interested USOC officials and members," according to USA
         TODAY's Vicki Michaelis.  Blake: "What I pray for is the
         American public can help save our athletes."  Michaelis
         calls the comments "ironic" since the USOC's athlete
         representatives were "among those who took issue" with
         Blake's leadership (USA TODAY, 11/3).  In a sidebar under
         the header, "USOC Up In Arms Over Future Of Leadership,"
         Michaelis writes that with Blake gone, "the USOC is in
         upheaval."  Blake hired five senior managers during his nine
         months, and USOC employees are "wondering" if those mangers
         will remain.  Meanwhile, Michaelis cites an October 10
         letter obtained by USA TODAY written by USOC VP and
         President candidate Sandy Baldwin to outgoing President Bill
         Hybl, in which she "expressed concerns" over Blake's budget
         proposals and staff changes.  The letter "turned out to be
         the last straw" for Blake, who said, "I felt it was
         disrespectful and underhanded" (USA TODAY, 11/3).
              BLACKMUN THE ANSWER? In Colorado Springs, Ralph Routon
         calls the naming of Scott Blackmun as Acting CEO a "great
         move" by the USOC (see THE DAILY, 11/1).  Routon: "Don't be
         surprised if the USOC executive committee removes that
         'acting' label before Christmas.  Blackmun looks like a
         perfect fit, fully capable of becoming the organization's
         most effective and long-lasting CEO since the late F. Don
         Miller (who retired after 1984)" (CO Springs GAZETTE, 11/3).
    
    

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  • FX'S DIG AT NBC? MOVIE ON SLOC SCANDAL TO AIR BEFORE GAMES

              Twentieth Century Fox "is making a TV movie" about the
         SLOC bid scandal, according to Linda Fantin of the SALT LAKE
         TRIBUNE.  The two-hour film's tentative title is "Let the
         Games Begin," a reference to the show's air date on FX, just
         before the Games start in February 2002.  Film Producer
         Bonnie Raskin said that she "isn't out to embarrass" Welch,
         Salt Lake City or the Games, but to "tell a story of
         innocence lost and winning at all costs."  Raskin: "This is
         not just a movie where you pick the rock up and see the
         squirmy stuff underneath."  Asked who should play former
         SLOC CEO Tom Welch in the movie, Raskin said, "We're
         thinking Brian Dennehy or John Goodman" (S.L. TRIBUNE,
         11/3).  The film's screenwriters include Christopher Ames
         and Caroline Shelby, who also wrote "Class Action," a '91
         courtroom drama starring Gene Hackman (DESERET NEWS, 11/2).
    
    

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