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Volume 24 No. 117

Sports Industrialists

          The ATP Tour announced the following moves: BENITO
     PEREZ-BARBADILLO was promoted to Dir of PR; ANN CHRISTIN
     WALDMANN was named Editor of; DAVID LAW was
     named Communications Manager in Europe; ROBIN HUTCHINSON was
     promoted to Manager of Player and Tournament Promotions in
     the US; and IGOR JOVANOVICH was appointed as Manager of
     Player and Tournament Promotions in Australia (ATP Tour).
     ...The WNBA Detroit Shock named STEVE MORELAND as Dir of
     Program Development, MARY ROGERS as Dir of Community
     Relations, DENNIS SAMPIER as Media Relations Assistant and
     EVE CLAAR as Youth Programing Coordinator (DET. NEWS, 2/19).

          ON THE SHELVES: SI's "Scorecard" reviews DAVE
     ROSENBAUM's "If They Don't Win It's a Shame: The Year the
     Marlins Bought the World Series."  The book "is overrun with
     contemptible characters, from conniving owner WAYNE HUIZENGA
     to crass pitcher KEVIN BROWN.  No one, though, comes across
     as distastefully as manager JIM LEYLAND" (SI, 2/23 issue).
     ...JOHN FEINSTEIN's "A March to Madness" is reviewed by SI's
     Charles Hirshberg.  Feinstein had access to seven of nine
     ACC coaches during the '96-97 season Hirshberg writes,
     "[T]here's a tension in A March to Madness that keeps the
     pages turning -- the tension in each coach's mind" (SI, 2/23
     issue)....In L.A., Earl Gustkey reviews "Shooting from the
     Outside" by women's basketball coach TARA VANDERVEER.  The
     book "offers a unique look at how far the women's game has
     traveled in less than two years since the Atlanta Games"
     (L.A. TIMES, 2/19)....TRIUMPH BOOKS distributes, "ELWAY,"
     nationwide beginning April 28.  The book is a 128-page
     authorized pictorial (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/17).
          OTHER NAMES: Actor LUKE PERRY is "close to a deal" to
     star in a new ABC pilot called "The Game."  The one-hour
     drama is from Exec Producers MAGIC JOHNSON, JOHN TINKER
     ("L.A. Law") and BILL D'ELIA ("Chicago Hope"), and is
     described as "'L.A. Law' in a Philadelphia sports agency,
     with Perry playing an agent" (DAILY VARIETY, 2/19). 

          HARRY CARAY, who spent 53 years as a MLB broadcaster,
     the last 16 with the Cubs, died Wednesday in a CA hospital
     after being removed from life support.  Caray suffered a
     heart attack on Saturday.  Caray was 78.  In Chicago, Ed
     Sherman writes Caray's "death brings an end to a remarkable
     53-year career ads a baseball play-by-play man, raconteur
     and bon vivant" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/19).  Also in Chicago,
     Neil Steinberg writes Caray "was a beloved figure whose
     reputation was only enhanced by the many dust-ups he had
     with management and athletes -- but significantly, never
     fans -- over his long career" (SUN-TIMES, 2/19).   USA
     TODAY's Rod Beaton called Caray "a near-mythical figure in
     Chicago" (USA TODAY, 2/19).  In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark:
     "[T]here wa something about this man that was -- or is --
     America" (INQUIRER, 2/19).  NBC's Anne Thompson: "Caray
     became one of the reasons why Americans love baseball.  He
     was the fan's broadcaster" ("Today," 2/19).  NBC's Bob
     Costas: "He was equal parts baseball play-by-play man in
     terms of craft and P.T. Barnum trying to get the people into
     the tent" ("GMA," 2/19).  In L.A., Mike Downey: "Holy cow,
     he's gone.  Cubs lose.  We all do today" (L.A. TIMES, 2/19).