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Volume 24 No. 156

Sports Industrialists

          SportsTicker named ROBERT BOHN as Dir of Sales &
     Marketing (SportsTicker)....PATRICK MCCABE, former West
     Coast Head of Sales for SportsChannel/MSG Networks, has
     joined the CA-based sports and entertainment company, The
     McSand Group, as Partner & co-President (The McSand
     Company). ...BRETT THACKER has been named Sports Editor of
     the San Antonio Express-News.  BARRY ROBINSON, sports editor
     since '76, will assume the role of sports department
     Administrator and Senior Reporter (S.A. EXPRESS-NEWS, 1/10).

          LAMAR HUNT was profiled by DONALD VAN DE MARK on
     "Business Unusual with Lou Dobbs."  Hunt, who owns the MLS
     Crew and Wizards, on MLS' future:  "I think it's gonna take
     off.  Even the fact that the U.S. has again qualified for
     the World Cup helps a lot" ("Business Unusual," CNN, 1/10).
          OTHER NAMES: PEYTON MANNING has signed with agent LEIGH
     STEINBERG (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/11)....HOWIE LONG's
     "Firestorm," which opened Friday, was the seventh-highest
     grossing film over the weekend, bringing in $4M overall
     (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/12)....O.J. SIMPSON will be
     interviewed on ESPN's "Up Close" on Thursday.  An ESPN
     source told Larry Stewart of the L.A. TIMES that there will
     be no restrictions on questions, and Simpson said, "They can
     ask me anything they want" (L.A. TIMES, 1/10)....TERRY
     PLEDGER, who won $1M at the Orange Bowl in the Gillette
     Touchdown Challenge, was a guest on the "Late Show" with
     DAVID LETTERMAN on Friday.  "Gillette" was mentioned five
     times, and the video from the FedEx Orange Bowl, with
     prominent Gillette signage, was shown ("Late Show," 1/9).

          Twins Sales & Marketing Consultant PAT FORCIEA "is
     leaving his $200,000 a year job."  His duties will be split
     by Dir of Corporate Marketing LAURA DAY and Dir of
     Communications DAVE ST. PETER (Sid Hartman, STAR TRIBUNE,
     1/11).  Forciea will "concentrate on his job" as the Univ.
     of MN's Men's Marketing Assistant AD.  Twins President Jerry
     Bell: "This is a bad time for Pat to leave us, but he has
     two children and it's difficult for anyone to attend 200
     events a year" (Sid Hartman, STAR TRIBUNE, 1/10).