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).