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Volume 24 No. 156

Sports Industrialists

          Former Nuggets player and coach DAN ISSEL will be named
     the team's GM at an news conference today, according to Vicki
     Michaelis of the DENVER POST.  The Nuggets are also "expected
     to announce" that JAN VOLK will be retained "on a long-term
     basis as a consultant" (DENVER POST, 3/25).  In Denver, Mike
     Monroe reports that Ascent Sports Senior VP/Business Affairs
     STEVE STORY and VP/Operations KIRK DYER were "fired."  Ascent
     Sports President ELLEN ROBINSON said that newly hired Exec
     VP/Marketing DENNIS MANNION would assume some of Story's and
     Dyer's duties (DENVER POST, 3/25).

          The IHL K.C. Blades named MICHAEL BEHYMER as Senior VP/
     Business Operations.  Behymer spent nine years with the
     Royals, the last five as Dir of Marketing & Sales (Blades).
     .....Predators GM & Exec VP/Hockey Operations DAVID POILE was
     named GM of the '98 U.S. National Team (USA Hockey)....ARMEN
     KETEYIAN has signed on as a Contributing Editor with Sport
     magazine....Tennis Magazine's RICK BEISPEL has been promoted
     to Publisher.  Beispel has been with magazine for 13 years
     (MEDIAWEEK, 3/23)....ERIC DROSSART, Dir of IMG's TWI ops in
     the U.K., Europe and Africa, will ad the title of Senior Exec
     VP/Managing Dir -- Europe, African, Middle Eastern Ops (IMG).

          ABC Exec VP/Marketing & General Sales Manager LARRY
     FRIED has been named the executive in charge of NFL ad sales
     for both ABC Sports and ESPN, according to Rich Katz of DAILY
     VARIETY.  Beginning this season, all NFL sales for ABC and
     ESPN "must be run through Fried."  Katz reports that the
     expansion of Fried's duties "would appear to be a victory for
     ABC," since Fried reports directly to ABC President of Ad
     Sales MARVIN GOLDSMITH.  Sports media buyers "have been
     buzzing about the internal Disney competition for weeks." 
     Last year, "Monday Night Football," and ESPN's football
     packages were sold separately.  Katz also reports that JON
     LITNER has been promoted to Senior VP/Programming for ABC
     Sports.  Litner was formerly VP/Programming for ABC's sports
     division (Rich Katz, DAILY VARIETY, 3/25).

          Nike VP/Global Sales TIM JOYCE has been named by Ohio
     University's Sports Administration & Facility Management
     Program as its '98 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year (THE
     DAILY).....Adelphi, NY, Univ. will host its inaugural
     "Sports, Education and Society Symposium" on April 23.  The
     event will be free and open to the public (THE DAILY).
     ....CBS's DAVID LETTERMAN's interesting movie facts: "To play
     the role in 'My Giant,' method actor GHEORGHE MURESAN gained
     over 20 inches" ("Late Show," CBS, 3/24).

          CARL and KEVIN POSTON "are in" as agents for CHARLES
     WOODSON, according to Richard Rosenblatt of the AP.  Carl
     Poston: "We have a contract with him."  Poston said he and
     his brother will represent Woodson in NFL contract
     negotiations only, but "we may have more to say later" about
     endorsement deals.  Reports had Woodson among the first
     clients of rapper PUFFY COMBS (AP/DET. NEWS, 3/25).

          SI announced that TINA IENNA has been named Detroit Ad
     Dir.  Ienna joined SI as an Account Manager in '94 following
     ten years at Newsweek, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press;
     TOM CHISHOLM has been promoted to L.A. Ad Dir.  Chisholm
     joined Time Inc. in '92 and has been managing the Ford and
     Mercury business for SI in Detroit for five years; JOHN REESE
     has been promoted to Assistant Consumer Marketing Dir.  Reese
     has been with SI for six years; JONATHAN SHAR has been
     promoted to Assistant Consumer Marketing Dir.  Shar has been
     with SI since '94; and MARK ELLIS has been named Publishing
     Dir for SI Presents.  Ellis joined Time Inc. in '91 after
     working as the Detroit Manager of Inc. Magazine (SI).