SBD/Issue 146/Sports Industrialists

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VIVENDI Chair JEAN-MARIE MESSIER, on a possible purchase of ISL: "ISL would reinforce the joint venture we want to form equally ... between CANAL PLUS and ... RTL GROUP on a pan-European basis" (REUTERS, 4/24)....In Cincinnati, Tony Jackson writes that as former Reds Owner MARGE SCHOTT "was standing idly behind" the buffet counter in the media dining room before Sunday's Mets-Reds game, a member of the Japanese media following Mets RF TSUYOSHI SHINJO said to her, "Excuse me, but there are no plates out here" (CINCINNATI POST, 4/23)....In N.Y., Sam Howe Verhovek profiles Mariners RF and Japan native ICHIRO SUZUKI and writes, "The object of all this attention possesses a curious mixture of swagger and humility ... He is cordial and even deferential in interviews, and the Mariners say he turned down a recent entreaty from [SI] to pose for a possible cover photo, explaining through his interpreter that he felt he had not done anything to deserve this honor yet" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/24)....IMG Chair & CEO MARK MCCORMACK has been named recipient of the PGA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD. He will be honored during an August 25 ceremony at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, GA, prior to the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (PGA)....Women In Sports & Events (WISE) will hold an event tomorrow at the Muse Hotel in N.Y. where ESPN's DICK SCHAAP will moderate a panel consisting of SI for Women Editor-in-Chief SANDY BAILEY, Brandweek sports business writer HILARY CASSIDY and N.Y. Times sports columnist WILLIAM RHODEN (WISE)....On ABC's "GMA" this morning, SYLVESTER STALLONE discussed his movie "DRIVEN," which debuts in theaters on Friday (THE DAILY).

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