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Volume 24 No. 159

Sports Industrialists

     SportsLine USA has hired MARK MARIANI, former Turner
Broadcasting Exec VP of Sports Sales, as its new Exec VP.
Mariani will be responsible for "creation, development and sale"
of interactive advertising and sponsorship on SportsLine
(SportsLine USA).  Mariani:  "The Internet is the new frontier
for communications much the way cable was when I joined Turner 10
years ago" (INSIDE MEDIA, 4/25)....76ers Dir of Public Relations
JOE FAVORITO has resigned, effective immediately
(SportsTicker)....MARK GOLDSTON, former President of L.A. Gear
and one-time Chief Marketing Officer for Reebok, was named
President of Einstein Bros. Bagels of Golden, CO.  He most
recently headed the Goldston Group, an L.A.-based consultancy (AD
AGE ONLINE, 4/25).

     Republic Industries reported near tripling of first-quarter
profits, the result of WAYNE HUIZENGA taking control and
beginning an expansion drive (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL,
4/24)....Federal search warrants indicate Earl Nolton Jr., ALONZO
MOUNRING's cousin who was arrested at Mourning's home last week,
used Mourning's car, cellular phone and home to make drug deals
and hide drug money.  Mourning is not a target of any
business columnist Rudolph Pyatt examines the new-found
relationship between Bullets/Caps Owner ABE POLLIN and BET
President ROBERT JOHNSON.  Pyatt writes, "Monday's meeting marked
the beginning of a cooling-off period for Johnson and Pollin.
They now realize they can do business in a mutually beneficial
way.  Entering into a formal business deal is just a matter of
what and when" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/25).