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Volume 24 No. 157

Finance

          S.F.-based Charles Schwab Corp. "has inked a deal" with
     the U.S. Ski Team "to provide athletes with retirement plan
     services and brokerage firm internship opportunities" in its
     263 branch offices, according to AD AGE.  Schwab has also
     created an investment growth fund for the U.S Ski Team "to
     receive donations that new Schwab fund-raising programs will
     solicit on their behalf."  The U.S. Ski team will recognize
     Schwab as its "official investment firm" (AD AGE, 10/24).

          AL-based Hibbert Sporting Goods announced the pricing
     of an IPO of 1,133,197 shares of common stock at $27.75 per
     share.  The offering is being underwritten by Smith Barney,
     NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, the Robinson-Humphrey Co.
     and BancAmerica Robertson Stephens (Hibbert Sporting Goods).
     ...The NHLPA is "trying to encourage players to buy" off-ice
     disability insurance, as players won't receive such
     insurance under the CBA in effect until 2004.  The NHLPA
     says there around 200 NHL players who don't have the off-ice
     disability insurance (DETROIT NEWS, 10/24).