COLLEGE NOTES: CBS' DELUCA & KENIN NAMED MOST INFLUENTIAL
CBS Sports' President David Kenin and Len DeLuca, CBS'
VP/Programming, were named as the most influential people in
College Sports by COLLEGE SPORTS magazine. THE TOP TEN of
COLLEGE SPORTS' Top 50: 1) Kenin and DeLuca; 2) Pres. NCAA
Presidents Commission Judith Albino; 3) NCAA Exec Dir Cedric
Dempsey; 4) ESPN Senior VP/Programming John Wildhack; 5) NCAA
Pres. Gene Corrigan; 6) Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese; 7)
ABC Sports Senior VP/Programing David Downs; 8) Raycom CEO Rick
Ray; 9) Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany; 10) ESPN/ABC Broadcaster
Dick Vitale (COLLEGE SPORTS).
WOMENS' FINAL SITES: The NCAA Div. I Women's Basketball
Committee has announced the five finalists to host the '99 and
2000 Women's Final Four: Sacramento's Arco Arena, San Jose
Arena, Orlando Arena and Philadelphia's Core States Spectrum
(NCAA). Future host cities are Charlotte in '96, Cincinnati in
'97 and Kansas City in '98.
WOMEN GET A BOOST: Richard Sandomir writes that the UConn
"added something the women's tournament never had before: a
Northeastern powerhouse." ESPN Exec VP Howard Katz says the
exposure will increase next year, when his network "will create a
March Madness exclusively for women." Katz: "It's more than just
the games. It's the greater profile we can give women's
basketball on SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, ESPNET and other areas"
(N.Y. TIMES, 4/9). UConn's Rebecca Lobo was ABC's "Person of the
Week" ("World News Tonight," ABC, 4/7). Lobo and UConn coach
Geno Auriemma both appeared on "CBS This Morning" (CBS, 4/10).