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Volume 24 No. 115

Sports Industrialists

          "Several key positions have been eliminated in a
     shuffle at the Corel Centre in the name of efficiency,"
     according to Stuart McCarthy of the OTTAWA SUN.  ROY MLAKAR,
     who had been the Ogden Entertainment-picked President of the
     Senators, became President & CEO of both the team and the
     Corel Centre.  CYRIL LEEDER goes from being President of
     Palladium Corp. the building entity which runs the Corel
     Centre, to COO of the Corel Centre under Mlakar.  STEVE
     VIOLETTA becomes Exec VP of the Senators, handling day-to-
     day management.  Also, Ogden's Dir of Entertainment ROGER
     NEWTON, Guest Services Dir DAVE DACRES, CFO CHRIS ST.
     GERMAIN, and Ogden Marketing Managers NATALIE COURTENAY &
     MICHAEL HAMILTON, "have all been told their positions are
     redundant May 15" (Stuart McCarthy, OTTAWA SUN, 4/15).

          REGHAN GUPTILL joined the staff of Minor League
     Baseball as Manager of the Baseball Trade Show for the
     Professional Baseball Promotion Corp., a subsidiary of the
     NAPBL (NAPBL)....Raycom Sports announced the hiring of two
     new employees -- KEVIN COLLINS, named VP/National Sales, and
     DAVID FRY, named Midwest Division Manager, while COLIN SMITH
     was promoted to Regional Marketing Manager (Raycom).
     .....Dunlop Maxfli Sports Corporation (DMSC) appointed DAVID
     VOGRIN and GUY PETERS as its new Marketing Managers for Golf
     Balls (DMSC)....SANDY JOHNSON was named Assistant GM for the
     D'Backs.  Johnson will focus on player development and
     scouting (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/14)....ALLISON HODGES,
     President & co-Founder of Three Point, Inc., has been named
     GM of the ABL expansion Chicago franchise (ABL).
 

          PAT O'GRADY, a 12-year exec with Etonic, is leaving the
     company, according to Lynn Henning of GOLFWEEK.  O'Grady was
     hired in '86 as Senior VP & GM at Etonic after 12 years at
     FootJoy.  When Spalding Sports Worldwide bought Etonic in
     '96 O'Grady was made a Senior VP "and assigned the mission
     of helping Etonic merge its culture with Spalding's"
     (GOLFWEEK, 4/11 issue).  Henning also reports that Nike Golf
     "is hunting for a new director of marketing following the
     resignation last week of ROD TALLMAN."  Tallman had been
     with Nike since '79 and has headed Nike's golf marketing
     division since '94 (GOLFWEEK, 4/11 issue).

          KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is developing a TV movie about the
     life of the black inventor LEWIS HOWARD LATIMER, who worked
     with THOMAS EDISON on the development of the electric light
     bulb (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/15).....Marquee Group CEO BOB
     GUTKOWSKI is featured in AD AGE's "On A Roll."  His opinion:
     "Few advertisers are tapping all the available sponsorship
     avenues: harnessing technology for highly effective on-site
     advertising, localized commercials and Internet presence"
     (AD AGE, 4/13 issue)....Villard Publishing Chief BRIAN
     DEFIORE has bought memoirs written by sports agent LEIGH
     STEINBERG (N.Y. POST, 4/15)....Dodgers Exec VP FRED CLAIRE
     was released from the hospital and is "expected to be fine,"
     after suffering from dehydration (L.A. TIMES, 4/15).