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Volume 24 No. 155

Sports Industrialists

          Racing Champions Corporation announced Rand McNally
     President & COO JOHN BAKALAR and Comdisco CFO & Exec VP JOHN
     VOCSICKY have been elected to its board (Racing
     Champions)....Leo Burnett Co. is bringing in former Nike
     Inc. Global Advertising Dir JOE MCCARTHY to be a Creative
     Consultant (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/18).

          The World Research Group's Interactive Sports
     Conference began yesterday at New York City's Hilton &
     Towers.  Wednesday's scheduled speakers/moderators: IBM
     Global Telecom and Media Industries VP/Broadcasting, Sports
     & Cable WILLIAM MOSES; ESPN Chilton Sports Poll Exec Dir
     RICHARD LUKER; SportsLine USA Founder MIKE LEVY; ABC News
     Internet & ESPN Internet Ventures President TOM PHILLIPS;
     AudioNet President MARK CUBAN; Ad Age Exec Editor SCOTT
     DONATON; ABC News/ESPN Internet Ventures Senior VP/
     Advertising RICH LEFURGY; Turner Interactive Marketing &
     Sales Senior VP & GM RICHY GLASSBERG; SportsLine USA Exec VP
     MARK MARIANI; InterVU VP/Marketing & Sales DOUG AUGUSTINE;
     BBDO, N.Y., Senior VP/Associate Media Dir FRAN LAUFER; Young
     & Rubicam New Technologies Senior VP/Group Dir ANTHONY
     MANSON; Ogilvy & Mather Manager of Interactive Media JEFF
     MINSKY; Internet Profiles Corp. Dir of Marketing & Business
     Development TIM REED; MPath VP/Network Programming TOM
     GARLAND; Kesmai Corp. President JOHN TAYLOR; The Sporting
     News GM JOHN KASTBERG; and Faulkner Strategies Group, Inc.
     President GREG FAULKNER.  The conference concludes today
     (THE DAILY)....Based on a "strong response" to the pilot for
     Twentieth Television's "highly touted" talk show hosted by
     EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON, "sources said high-level" execs at
     Fox are "seriously eyeing" shifting the show from a
     syndicated run and using it as a late-night broadcast on the
     Fox Network (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 9/17).

          In the wake of the deaths of PRINCESS DIANA and MOTHER
     TERESA, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES columnist Rick Telander examined
     the charitable nature of MICHAEL JORDAN.  Telander: "Jordan
     works out, makes his commercials, signs his deals, plays his
     games, then mainly hides on the golf course.  In the realm
     of potential sainthood, this is a triple bogey.  Where,
     critics ask, is Mike's social conscience?  How much money
     does he need?  Why isn't he spending his spare time in
     hospitals, war zones and slums, doing good works? ... Why
     isn't Jordan more like ... DAVID ROBINSON, who just pledged
     ... $5 million, to help build a school and civic center in
     inner-city San Antonio?  Why? ... People should not forget
     that Jordan helped build the James Jordan Boys and Girls
     Club in Chicago or that he recently gave $1 million to the
     School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina. 
     Nor should they forget that he was attacked by a professor
     speaking at winter commencement ceremonies at UNC for not
     giving more money to another cause, the Black Cultural
     Center.  Nobody can please everyone.  In the end, you must
     please yourself.  So the only real question for Jordan is
     this: Are you happy with what you see?" (SUN-TIMES, 9/17).