SBD/Issue 82/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

NHL'S JOAN OF ARC: The CP reported the NHL and NHLPA have hired Philadelphia-based arbitrator JOAN PARKER to replace the "fired" LAWRENCE HOLDEN. Parker "is the first female" arbitrator in North American professional sports. NHL VP/Media Relations FRANK BROWN said that Parker has "served as a labour management and employment arbitrator since 1976 and has adjudicated a broad range of labor disputes in several different industries" (CP, 1/17). BLOOMBERG NEWS' Barry Bloom notes that Parker has "no sports experience" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 1/18).

BARRY, BARRY GOOD ACTOR? ESPN hockey analyst BARRY MELROSE appeared as himself last night on ABC's "SPIN CITY." Co-Producer/Writer MARK TORGROVE said "we called the league and we said, 'Do you have any tape of Barry Melrose playing,' and there was just silence and laughter." Co-Producer/Writer PAUL KAPLAN: "I think they thought we were joking or something. I don't know what it was. They never called us back." Melrose: "My Hollywood career is better than my NHL career" ("NHL Cool Shots," 1/17). Melrose appeared as the host and announcer for "ESPN's $1M Shot" that cast member ALAN RUCK ("STUART BONDEK") attempted at center ice at Madison Square Garden ("Spin City," 1/17).

NAMES: Sports agent WILLIAM "TANK" BLACK "faces a potential" 6 1/2-year federal prison term and a $2.2M fine after pleading guilty yesterday to "participating in a money-laundering scheme." Black will be sentenced May 10 in detroit by U.S. District Court Judge LAWRENCE ZATKOFF (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/18)....Miami Beach real estate agent PETER LOMBARDI said that MIKE TYSON "has a handshake agreement" to buy a house in Miami Beach. Lombardi also sold ANNA KOURNIKOVA her home on Sunset Island last year for $5.2M (MIAMI HERALD, 1/18)....Former CART team Owner CARL HOGAN died Sunday in NH. He was 71 (K.C. STAR, 1/18).

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