ESPN Magazine Editor-in-Chief JOHN PAPANEK formally
announced the appointment of several editorial execs. STEVE
WULF, who spent 20 years at Time Inc., will become Exec Dir
of ESPN Magazine; LYNN CRIMANDO, formerly the Assistant
Managing Editor of Money Magazine and Operations Dir at SI,
was named Managing Editor; and NIK KLEINBERG, formerly the
Dir of TV & New Media at SI For Kids, will become Dir of
Photography. Papanek also announced the addition of TOM
FRIEND as an L.A.-based Senior Writer. Friend most recently
served as the N.Y. Times' West Coast sports correspondent.
Former SI Presents Art Dir DARRIN PERRY was named Design Dir
of the biweekly to launch in March, '98 (ESPN Magazine).
MIKE BASS has been promoted to Sports Editor of the
Cincinnati Post, beginning December 1 (CINCINNATI POST,
11/19)....Nike announced the appointments of RALPH EDWARD
GREENE, JR. to the newly-created position of Global
Basketball Sports Marketing Dir and named THOMAS FOX to the
position of USA Sports Marketing Dir. Greene had been
Nike's USA Sports Marketing Dir since '95. Fox, who joined
Nike in February as Dir of Sports Marketing for the Asia
Pacific Region, was most recently VP & Managing Dir for NBA
Asia and Hong Kong (Nike).....The USOC has named four staff
members and one recent hire to new positions, effective
immediately. BENITA FITZGERALD MOSELY, former Dir of the
ARCO Training Center, will serve as Dir of U.S. Olympic
Training Centers. PATRICE MILKOVICH, former Dir of the
Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center (CSOTC), will
become Dir of the ARCO Training Center. JOHN SMYTH, former
Dir of Olympic Training Centers, was promoted to Senior Dir
of Sports Services. DAVE BARROWS joins the USOC in the
position of CSOTC Ops Manager. CINDY MUNRO has been
promoted to Assistant Dir of Olympic Training Centers and
GREG PERRY was promoted to Assistant Dir of CSOTC (USOC).
Cablevision CEO JAMES DOLAN is profiled in NEW YORK
magazine under the header, "Selling the Son. Cablevision
Has Prospered Largely Because CHUCK DOLAN Knows How And When
To Use The Brass Knuckles. Can He Make People Believe His
Son Is Capable Of The Same?" (NEW YORK, 11/14 issue).
....MAGIC JOHNSON "wants to become the top boxing promoter
in the history of the sport," according to a report by Don
Cronin in USA TODAY. Johnson will have to apply for a
license to stage fights with the NV State Athletic
Commission (NSAC). NSAC Exec Dir MARC RATNER: "All he's
done is come and see us. Based on conversations with Magic,
he's serious. He'd be great for us and the sport" (USA
TODAY, 11/20)....WNBA Comets Coach VAN CHANCELLOR was
awarded a '97 "Good Guy" award by the National Women's
Political Caucus (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/20).
MLB COO PAUL BEESTON, and HAL PRINCE, President of Mach
One Marketing, will be joining PAT WILLIAMS, Senior Exec/VP
of the Magic, ROBERT ERB, Dir of Marketing for adidas, and
RICHARD KREZWICK, President of the New Boston Garden, as
keynote speakers at the 1998 National Sports Forum in
Boston, January 18-20. The National Sports Forum is the
largest conference dedicated to team marketing and sales
issues, and will include 18 breakout sessions, the results
of a new corporate sponsor survey, and a "behind the scenes"
tour of Fenway Park and the Fleet Center. For attendance or
trade show exhibitor information contact Seaver Marketing
Group at (619) 469-4101. THE DAILY is the Official
Publication of the National Sports Forum (THE DAILY).
Rock star ALICE COOPER's new sports bar, called "Alice
Cooper'stown," will open in downtown Phoenix this week,
according to Martha Netherton of the PHOENIX BUSINESS
JOURNAL. Cooper: "It will be the Taj Mahal of sports bars."
The restaurant's theme will feature baseball and other
professional sports, and if successful, the concept will
spread to other major league cities. Cooper is teaming with
AZ entrepreneur Brian Weymouth on the project. If the
sports bar concept is "successful," the partners would like
to "spread to other" MLB cities such as Cleveland, Seattle,
Denver and Detroit. Weymouth said that it's likely another
deal will be inked in Cleveland or Detroit "by next spring"
(Martha Netherton, PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/17 issue).