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).