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Volume 24 No. 117

Sports Industrialists

          The Marquee Group named DONNA COLEMAN CFO.  She had
     served as CFO for Time Warner-Music Sound Exchange for the
     last three years (The Marquee Group)....The CISL named
     MICHAEL HARRISON Deputy Commissioner.  He was VP/General
     Counsel of Contemporary Services Corp (CISL)....BET
     Holdings, the parent company of BET network, named BYRON
     MARCHANT Senior VP & General Counsel (WASHINGTON POST,
     4/29)....Lyons, Inc. promoted MEG JAMISON to Dir of
     Sales/Presentations, DAN WHITE to Account Supervisor in the
     Advertising Department and JEANINE KOBER to Account
     Executive (Lyons)....Twentieth TV has signed GEOVANNI BREWER
     and JEFF FISCHGRUND to executive produce the upcoming late
     night talk show with MAGIC JOHNSON (VARIETY, 4/28 issue).

          The crew of HBO's Arli$$ had a busy weekend, taping
     shots Saturday with JERRY WEST and SHAQUILLE O'NEAL at the
     Great Western Forum, and with HANK AARON and RONNIE LOTT at
     a card show in Pomona, CA.  The new season of Arli$$ starts
     June 14 (THE DAILY)....A Norfolk, MA Superior Court Judge
     ruled that Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT can move forward in
     his effort to evict CHARLES SARKIS, the operator of a
     Foxboro Racetrack, from the site which Kraft purchased,
     along with 330 acres adjacent to Foxboro Stadium, for $16.2M
     last year.  According to "several sources," Kraft is
     weighing plans to build a new stadium on the Foxborough site
     to replace the current one, located across the street from
     the track site (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/26)....The N.Y. POST reports
     that OPRAH WINFREY cancelled an appearance on her show by
     DENNIS RODMAN last week because his new book, "Walk on the
     Wild Side," is too "raunchy" (N.Y. POST, 4/29).

          One week after he withdrew from a tournament after
     making racially insensitive remarks about Tiger Woods, Fuzzy
     Zoeller "kidded" with a black golfer Monday about eating
     fried chicken and watermelon, according to Thomas Bonk in
     the L.A. TIMES.  While at a pro-am in South Carolina, the
     black golfer, Victor McBryde, called to Zoeller, "Hey
     Fuzzy," and Zoeller responded, "Go get you some fried
     chicken."  McBryde answered "by telling Zoeller not to
     forget the cornbread."  Zoeller replied: "How about some
     watermelon?" (L.A. TIMES, 4/29).  CNN/SI's Nick Charles
     spoke with Zoeller via phone and Zoeller read a statement:
     "I've had a lot of time to think over the past several days. 
     Race has been a serious issue in this country for years, but
     it still seems to me that we have to stop being so sensitive
     about things. ... If we don't all learn to laugh at each
     other, and ourselves, were not ever going to get along." 
     Zoeller, asked by Charles what he thought was funny about
     the remarks: "Everybody's laughing, we're having a good
     time.  No harm intended, no pun intended" (CNN/SI, 4/28).