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Volume 24 No. 155

Sports Industrialists

     "Entertainment Tonight" profiled the Grand Opening of the
All-Star Cafe in Times Square.  Shown going into the Hollywood-
style premiere were CINDY CRAWFORD, SUGAR RAY LEONARD, JOHN
STAMOS, EVANDER HOLYFIELD, WHOOPI GOLDBERG and DONALD TRUMP.  The
partners:  WAYNE GRETZKY, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, KEN GRIFFEY JR., JOE
MONTANA, MONICA SELES and ANDRE AGASSI (with BROOKE SHIELDS).
"ET's" Pat O'Brien questioned Joe Montana, on his ravioli.
Montana:  "They're the best around."  Shaq was shown working in
the kitchen, displaying his "special" turkey sandwich ("Little
bit of mayonnaise.  Nice and neat."), and giving a tour of his
favorite memorabilia in the Cafe -- the basket he broke his
rookie season and Agassi's ponytail after he cut it off.
O'Brien:  "Well, you can take your pick of sports metaphors.  You
can call it a 'Slam Dunk' ... 'Game, Set and Match' ... 'He
shoots and scores!'  Whatever you want to say, this place looks
like a real winner" ("ET," 12/20).

     JANEY MILLER has joined Gold Medal Management as Dir of
Athlete Marketing.  She was Dir of Athlete Promotions at
Advantage International (Gold Medal Management)...Starter
Corporation has named JOHN THORBECK as Senior VP/Sales and
Marketing.  He has held exec positions with G.H. Bass & Co.,
Timberland, and The Rockport Company (Starter).

     KAREN BALDWIN, actress, writer and wife to Penguins Owner
HAROLD BALDWIN, said she had always wanted to make a movie with
hockey as "a backdrop" before coming up with the story to "Sudden
Death" -- which opens this Friday.  Ms. Baldwin is currently
working on a book with former Kings Owner BRUCE MCNALL (Helene
Elliot, L.A. TIMES, 12/20)....JOE MONTANA has signed a deal with
Henry Holt & Co. to publish "Joe Montana on the Art and Magic of
Quarterbacking," to be released sometime in '96 (USA TODAY,
12/20)....USA TODAY's "Ins and Outs" of '95 -- IN: Adidas, OUT:
Nike.  IN: NBC, OUT: Fox.  IN: TED TURNER, OUT: GERALD LEVIN.
IN: Aging rock stars as ad icons, OUT: Aging jocks as ad icons
(USA TODAY, 12/20)....Among PEOPLE's "25 Most Intriguing People":
CAL RIPKEN, MONICA SELES, and TURNER (PEOPLE, 12/25-1/1).