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Volume 24 No. 116

Sports Industrialists

          STEVE SKINNER has joined IL-based Kemper Sports
     Management as VP/Corporate Development & Corporate Affairs
     (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/24)....ADAM BARRETT was promoted from
     VP/Finance to Exec VP of the Lipton Championships (TENNIS
     WEEK, 2/26)....DUANE MCLEAN was named the Seahawks VP/Ticket
     Sales & Services.  McLean had been VP/Ticket Sales & Ticket
     Ops for the Lions (Seahawks)....Nike named VP/GM of Apparel
     Operations MATT WOLFF to replace Global VP Apparel STEPHEN
     GOMEZ (Nike)....STEVE SCHIFFMAN, VP/Strategic Marketing at
     NASCAR's N.Y. office, "is leaving within the next few
     months."  NASCAR hasn't named a replacement, and "may split
     the job into separate functions" (BRANDWEEK, 2/23).

          Patriots Founder BILLY SULLIVAN died yesterday in FL, of
     cancer at the age of 82.  Sullivan was Sports Publicity Dir
     at his alma mater, BC, in the '30s; PR Dir of the NL Boston
     Braves; and leading founder of the Patriots franchise that
     joined the AFL in '59.  The Sullivan family sold the Patriots
     in '88.  In Boston, Marvin Pave writes that Sullivan
     "presided over the Patriots' affairs with an undeniable
     flair, such as naming the team's new home field in Foxborough
     after himself and his family" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/24). 
     Columnist Dan Shaughnessy calls Sullivan "one of the most
     important sports and charity figures in the history of our
     region" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/24).  In Providence, Jim Donaldson:
     "Bringing the Patriots to New England was not Sullivan's
     greatest sporting accomplishment.  It was keeping them here"
     (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 2/24).  Bill Parrillo: "His detractors
     considered him something of a buffoon, at times, and a
     meddler ... but there can be no questioning his loyalty to
     the region" (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 2/24).  In N.Y., Frank Litsky
     writes that to some, Sullivan "will be remembered not for his
     role in the founding of the [AFL] ... but for his acrimonious
     lawsuit" against the NFL in the '90s (N.Y. TIMES, 2/24). 

          A "Page Six" report in the N.Y. POST says that MIKE
     TYSON "plans to sue" DON KING for "some of" the $112M he has
     earned in the six fights since his '95 prison release.  Tyson
     will hold a press conference in N.Y. "in the next few days"
     to unveil a lawsuit (N.Y. POST, 2/24)....PBA Hall of Famer
     BRIAN VOSS was on hand last night for the premiere of
     Gramercy Pictures' "The Big Lebowski."  The film stars JOHN
     GOODMAN and JEFF BRIDGES (PBA)....Nets F KEITH VAN HORN was
     profiled by John Feinstein in Sunday's N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE:
     "Van Horn is almost certain to be a key figure in the
     N.B.A.'s post-Michael Jordan marketing strategy" (SUNDAY N.Y.
     TIMES MAGAZINE, 2/22)....BARRY BONDS, who owns a bagel
     franchise, said he is thinking about business after baseball. 
     Bonds: "I want to be an entrepreneur.  I want to help other
     athletes better manage themselves" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/23).