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).