The ATP Tour announced the following moves: BENITO
PEREZ-BARBADILLO was promoted to Dir of PR; ANN CHRISTIN
WALDMANN was named Editor of www.atptour.com; 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).