The North Face announced the appointment of JAMES
REILLY as its COO. Reilly most recently served as COO of
adidas America. Previous positions include President of
Taylor Made Golf and GM of Nike France (North Face).
Former InterZine Productions Dir of Business
Development IRA WILLIAMS has been named Dir of Business
Development for SportsLine USA (THE DAILY)....MLS named J.
RICHARD LAW VP/Consumer Products. Law spent the last eight
years with Spalding Sports (MLS)....The CBA named JAMAAL
WILKES Dir of Program Development. Wilkes will direct,
support and facilitate CBA outreach as assigned by CBA
Commissioner STEVE PATTERSON (CBA)....Dallas businessman
FRED MCCLURE has been elected to a two-year term as Chair of
the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. For the last two
years, McClure has served as one of four vice-chairs on the
Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl's Board of Directors (CBAA).
...MARIAN MELCHER HANSON has been named to the newly created
post of VP/Special Events marketing at ESPN. Hanson was at
Int'l Promotion Management (BRANDWEEK, 3/24 issue).
Academy Awards host BILLY CRYSTAL, greeting Best Actor
winner and Lakers fan JACK NICHOLSON during the opening of
the 70th Academy Awards: "I'm a Clippers fan. We don't get
to the same games" (ABC, 3/23)....Celtics coach RICK PITINO
was profiled in the ROBB REPORT by Michael Lindenberger, who
wrote that Pitino "brings hard work and discipline to a
league known for millionaire twenty-somethings who often
resist hard work. The Pitino factor can be summed up in two
words: respect and enthusiasm" (ROBB REPORT, 3/98).
...Announcer RAY SCOTT, the TV voice of the Packers during
the Lombardi era, died Monday in Minneapolis following a
long illness (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/24).....DUTCHIE
CARAY, the widow of HARRY CARAY, will sing "Take Me Out To
The Ballgame" during the seventh inning of the Cubs home
opener April 3. The team says she will be the first in an
array of "guest conductors" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/24)....The
Supreme Court, without comment, refused to drop DON KING
PRODUCTIONS as a co-defendant in the insurance-fraud suit
against King. King was "hoping to make himself less
vulnerable" to the charges. The case against King will
begin next week (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/24)....Former Penguins
President JACK KELLEY is serving as a hockey technical
advisor on the new Disney film "Mystery, Alaska," which
chronicles a hockey team in AL. The film, produced by
Penguins Owner HOWARD BALDWIN and his Baldwin/ Cohen
production company in conjunction with TV producer DAVID
KELLEY, will be released later this year (THE DAILY).