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Volume 24 No. 116

Olympics

     The deadline for figure skaters to apply for reinstatement
of their eligibility for the Int'l Skating Union (ISU) is this
Saturday.  And, what happens as the deadline nears "may may have
a lot to do with how the figure skating shapes up" at the '98
Winter Games in Nagano.  To "help sort out the situation," the
ISU is "trying to persuade" Olympic gold medal winner Oksana
Baiul to apply for reinstatement.   If she fails to apply, it
would leave the ISU without a "big-name women's star," possibly
forcing the federation to "throw open" the Nagano Games to all
skaters (Jody Meacham, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/36).

     ACOG signed on home shopping network QVC as a licensee in
early March to produce "at least nine hour-long, Olympic-themed
sales pitches."  The first of the shows, which aired on March 7,
was very successful selling out its "entire inventory" of Olympic
lapel pin sets "before the show aired."  And, although neither
QVC or ACOG would release sales figures, both parties "profess
delight over the relationship."  The network plans to "pick from
hundreds of products" produced by some 80 ACOG licensees and 42
USOC licensees for each of its programs (Melissa Turner, ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION, 3/26).

     Sure Shot Int'l Inc. has been chosen to be the official
supplier of basketball goals and equipment to the '96 Games in
what is being deemed a "major marketing coup."  Sure Shot
President Harry Bachmann:  "This gives us instant credibility.
Anywhere in the world, the Sure Shot name will be recognized with
the Olympics" (David Barkholz, CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 3/26
issue).