Hornets Owner GEORGE SHINN "won't face criminal
charges," but lawyers for the woman who accused him of
sexual misconduct vowed" press the case in civil court,
according to Chandler, Dube, & Wright of the CHARLOTTE
OBSERVER. York County Solicitor Tommy Pope "stressed" that
Shinn's influence in the community "played no role in his
decision," and that the ten week delay in deciding to press
charges was not "unusually long" (CHAR. OBSERVER, 11/22).
CT-based Millsport has hired DAVID SOLOMON as its
VP/Marketing and made him responsible for developing new
business. Solomon was a member of the NFL's Corporate
Sponsorship sales group (BRANDWEEK, 11/24)....RENEE TANNER
has been named Salt Lake City's Dir of Olympic Opportunities
Planning. She was Chair of the SLOC's Environment Committee
(DESERET NEWS, 11/23)....United Sports Group, marketer of
Hart Skis, named MARTY CARRIGAN to handle Hart's overall
Sales & Marketing Strategies. Carrigan was VP/Sales &
Marketing for Morrow Snowboards. United Sports also named
FRANK PROVANCE as a Sales Representative (USG).
FRANCE RESTING AFTER ANGIOPLASTY: Int'l Speedway Corp.
CEO BILL FRANCE is resting comfortable in "satisfactory"
condition at a Japanese hospital following an angiolplasty
on Friday. France complained of shortness of breath upon
arriving in Tokyo on Friday. Doctors said he had "a mild
coronary incident" and recommended the procedure. France
has no prior history of cardiac aliments (ISC).
NAMES: GEORGE FOREMAN, after losing a decision against
SHANNON BRIGGS on Saturday, told HBO's Larry Merchant, "I
don't think I'll be boxing again" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/24).
...JEFF GORDON will be in New York next week to hit the talk
show circuit, appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America,"
"Regis and Kathie Lee," and "Charlie Rose" (N.Y. POST,
11/22)....TOM MCMILLEN has resigned as Co-Chair of the
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. On
Tuesday, "federal agents investigating health care fraud
raided the Washington office of one of McMillen's
businesses" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/23)....Orioles 2B ROBERTO
ALOMAR was on-hand during the Chase Championships to support
MARY PIERCE. Pierce "refused to elaborate on their
relationship" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/23)....MIKE LUPICA, on
Sunday's Giants-Redskins 7-7 tie: "It was a dreadful game
... it's the mediocrity of the league. If you watched the
overtime last night, it was like some horrible experience,
like sitting through 'Cats' again" ("GMA," ABC, 11/24).
Sports talk radio host JIM ROME was profiled by Peter
McAlevey of the L.A. TIMES MAGAZINE. At 32, Rome "not only
dominates the ratings in Southern California -- more than
100,000 men, and a surprising number of women, tune into his
show" each morning and afternoon -- "he can be heard
virtually everywhere west of the Mississippi following his
syndication by Premier last year. Since January, he's more
than tripled his affiliates to 70. The notoriety has not
come without a price." But Rome "is a member of the
otherwise leaderless Generation X and suspects that much of
what the elder statesmen of radio complain about in his show
is simply a case of youth envy" (L.A. TIMES, 11/23).
Under the header, "Women Finding Their Places As Big-
League Power Brokers," Bruce Lowitt of the ST. PETERSBURG
TIMES examined the "commonplace" of women in the upper-
echelons of sports. Like their male counterparts, the women
come from backgrounds as diverse as their positions, and
"some -- perhaps most -- have experienced the sometimes
subtle, sometimes blatant inequities of being a woman in
what once was almost exclusively a man's world." ABC Sports
VP/Programming LYDIA STEPHANS said the greatest resistance
she meets "tends to come from men in their 50s and up who
simply are more comfortable dealing with men." ELIZABETH
PRIMROSE-SMITH, IBM's Dir of Worldwide Olympic & Sports
Sponsorships, on how women approach their jobs differently
than men: "We look more for a long-term solution to a
situation, look for a win on both sides. We get frustrated
when we can't get to that 'win-win,' when the other side is
playing by different rules. Guys seem to think, 'If I let
you get an inch, I've lost a foot'" (ST. PETE TIMES, 11/23).