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Volume 24 No. 157

Sports Industrialists

     GARY MCKENNA was hired by MacGregor Golf as VP for Sales for
the Americas.  He was formerly Dir of Sales for Golf Products at
Spalding Sports Worldwide....Maruman has hired BRAD SMITH, ROB
BARCIK, and ROGER BOYD as Sales Reps....MICHAEL PAI was hired by
Maxfli Golf as Product Manager for Golf Balls....Awsome Golf
hired BOB MCKELVEY as VP/Sales and Operations (GOLF WORLD, 7/14
issue)....Ex-NFL quarterback OLIVER LUCK is the new President of
the World League of American Football, succeeding MARC LORY, who
resigned last week after one-year (USA TODAY, 7/14).

     Prime Sports West has that WELDON DONALDSON, former General
Sales Manager for KFMB-TV has been retained as a San Diego Sales
Consultant, PATRICK MCCLENAHAN will add the newly created
position of Asst GM to his current VP of Programming & Production
(Prime)....The IHL L.A. Ice Dogs have named KENT RUSSELL VP of
Sales and Marketing (Ice Dogs)....KURT KRETZSCHMAR has been
promoted to Associate Dir of Affiliate Relations for the One-On-
One Sports Radio Network.  He was formerly Senior Producer (One-
On-One).

     Wimbledon Champion STEFFI GRAF along with her father and
personal financial manager PETER GRAF are being investigated by
German tax authorities.  On May 23, tax investigators collected
documents from the Graf family home in Bruhl and these documents
are being audited (Mult., 7/13).  CBS' Dan Rather reported that
Graf "is suspected of tax evasion along with her father" ("CBS
Evening News," 7/12)....GREG NORMAN was reportedly paid $350,000
plus $50,000 in jet fuel to play in the Murphy's Irish Open in
Kilkenny last week.  Such fees are supposedly forbidden on the
European Tour, but sponsors "are given a number of ways to get
around the rules."  Norman:  "You have to pay for professional
talent."  COLIN MONTGOMERIE called it "Outrageous!" ("Inside
Golf," SI, 7/17 issue)....Among the speakers at the "Breaking
Through as a Sports Agent" seminar (July 22-23 at Harrah's Las
Vegas) will be agent DENNIS GILBERT, attorney ROBERT SHAPIRO, and
JERRY TARKANIAN  (Allan Malamud, L.A. TIMES, 7/13).

     Albany River Rats President DOUG BURCH was named the
recipient of the AHL's Hendy Award given to the executive making
an outstanding contribution to the league (AHL).... JOE CROSBY
and NORRIES WILSON are spending the first three weeks of the
Jaguars' inaugural training camp with the team and coaches
through the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program
(Jaguars)....BARBARA WILKERSON was named NABF Promoter of the
Year (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/14)....CRAIG T. NELSON will participate
at Sonoma's Sears Point Raceway in the Int'l Motor Sports
Association's World Sports Car event Sunday (S.F. CHRONICLE,
7/14)....PETE SAMPRAS was on the "Late Show with David Letterman"
last night.  Letterman, who was wearing a pair of Adidas sneakers
when Sampras came out on stage, asked him what kind of shoes he
was wearing.  Sampras:  "I have some Cole-Haan's."  Letterman:
"Oh, I'm going to smoke your ass."  Sampras:  "You're wearing
Adidas.  You need to start wearing some Nike's."  Letterman:
"Well, you have your deal, I have my deal."  The two then went
out into the street and played tennis ("Late Show," CBS, 7/13).