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The Int'l Tennis HOF Saturday inducted ProServ founder Donald Dell, the sport's first player agent who has been a "mover and shaker in the game for the last 40 years," according to Mike Szostak of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. Dell in '72 co-founded the ATP, which has since "evolved into the current ATP World Tour," and also founded the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in DC. Dell currently is Vice Chair of the HOF and serves on USTA PR and Davis Cup committees (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 7/12). Dell's clients as an agent included ARTHUR ASHE, STAN SMITH, BOB LUTZ and CHARLIE PASARELL. Dell also was a "commentator for PBS" when the net launched regular coverage of tennis (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/11).
Golfweek magazine has named Turnstile Publishing Co. President CLAYTON MORRIS Publisher. Morris will retain his position with Turnstile, the parent company of the magazine (Golfweek)....Houston's KILT-AM has hired CBS Radio Dallas VP/Talk Programming GAVIN SPITTLE as Program Dir, replacing BILL VAN RYSDAM, who "lost his job with the station earlier this year" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/11)....The Flyers have named AHL Philadelphia Phantoms coach JOHN PADDOCK Assistant GM (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/11)....EPL club Chelsea has promoted Chief Scout FRANK ARNESEN to Sporting Dir (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 7/12)....Aflac has hired former Richard Petty Driving Experience Marketing, Media Relations & Promotions Dir CHRIS MCKEE as Motorsports Business Manager (Aflac).
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In St. Petersburg, Bill Varian reported Lansing (MI) Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority President & CEO ERIC HART is the "top pick of a search committee vetting candidates" for the Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) Exec Dir post. Hart is the "only candidate of five semifinalists" for the post "whom the committee is inviting in for face-to-face interviews." The committee "made the decision after conducting video interviews on Thursday." Other candidates included former Lightning Exec VP & COO SEAN HENRY and former Three Rivers Stadium GM and Pontiac Silverdome Deputy Dir RICHARD BJORKLUND. The post's responsibilities include running Raymond James Stadium (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 7/10).
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TRANSITION YEAR: LSU AD JOE ALLEVA on July 1 marked his first anniversary at the school after spending 32 years in athletic administration at Duke, including 10 years as AD. LSU Senior Associate AD HERB VINCENT said Alleva in his first year has "really grasped the traditions of LSU and has worked hard to get to know people." Vincent: "He's a great listener, and because of that he's been able to become a part of the LSU community a lot faster." Alleva said of his first year, "I've been very fortunate to have a very good staff and a very experienced staff. It's really made the transition very easy for me" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 7/12).
NAMES: Nuggets VP/Basketball Operations MARK WARKENTIEN last month "enrolled in a prestigious five-day workshop at the Harvard Negotiation Institute" on the campus of Harvard Law School. Enrolled with Warkentien were "judges and attorneys from around the world who had come to Harvard to sharpen their oratorical knives" (SI.com, 7/10)....Pistons G RICHARD HAMILTON had "250 close friends and family at his wedding Saturday" at the Boca Resort in Florida, including Univ. of Connecticut men's basketball coach JIM CALHOUN. Meanwhile, Broncos S BRIAN DAWKINS and his wife, CONNIE, "renewed their vows before a plethora of NFL stars" at The Breakers in Palm Beach (PALM BEACH POST, 7/13)....Bobcats Managing Member of Basketball Operations MICHAEL JORDAN has joined the field for next Monday's Mike Weir Charity Classic. Other participants include actors KEVIN COSTNER and THOMAS GIBSON, comedian GEORGE LOPEZ and singer TOM COCHRANE (RBC)....Vice President JOE BIDEN and his wife, JILL, attended Saturday's Pirates-Phillies game (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 7/12).