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Sabol hospitalized in K.C. after suffering seizure Saturday night
NFL Films President STEVE SABOL is "in stable condition" in a K.C. hospital after "suffering a seizure Saturday night." Sabol, 68, became ill while attending the 101 Awards in K.C., where he was to accept the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football on behalf of NFL Films. He "underwent a series of tests over the weekend, and was awake and alert" yesterday (, 3/7).

: In Phoenix, Mike Sunnucks profiles FS Arizona General Sales Manager ED OLSEN, who "often is at games and events promoting FSAZ, hosting advertisers and courting potential clients." Olsen, who joined the network from Cox Communications, said, "Depending on the time of year, I will take in as many as 10 to 12 games each month" (PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/4 issue).

NAMES: In Chicago, Dave van Dyck profiled White Sox Manager of Cultural Development JACKSON MIRANDA, whose job is to "enable Latin players to interact totally with teammates, media and fans and immerse into the Chicago community." Miranda: "It's more to help them feel comfortable in the new environment they're in and to be able to navigate without any problems" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/6)....Golf Town is "taking another swing at the U.S. market." Canada's largest golf retailer later this month will "launch five stores in the Boston area, with a sixth planned." Eventually, "after acquiring a rival," Golf Town CEO STEPHEN BEBIS "envisions as many as 600 U.S. outlets" (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/8)....BROADCASTING & CABLE included NFL Exec VP & General Counsel JEFF PASH and Turner Sports Senior VP and GM for Sports Operations MATTHEW HONG among its "12 Names To Know In 2011" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 3/7 issue)....Former Univ. of Kansas Assistant Dir of Ticket Operations JASON JEFFRIES and former KU Assistant AD for Sales & Marketing BRANDON SIMMONS yesterday "received probation in federal court," after having "pleaded guilty in July to withholding information about a crime." Unlike five former KU employees who "together must forfeit" $2M to the government for their role in the athletic department's ticketing scandal, Jeffries and Simmons must pay only $56,000 and $157,480, respectively (K.C. STAR, 3/8).
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