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Volume 24 No. 155

Sports Industrialists

          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).