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Volume 24 No. 158

Sports Industrialists

          Beckett Publications announced the following
     promotions: CLAIRE BACKUS from VP/Operations & Finance to
     Exec VP Beckett Publications; C.R. CONANT from Dir to
     VP/Beckett Entertainment; MARK HARWELL from Dir to
     VP/Beckett Interactive; RUDY KLANCNIK from Group Publisher
     to Dir Editorial; MARGARET STEELE from Dir Marketing to
     VP/Beckett Publications.  In addition, CHUCK ROBINSON joined
     the company as VP/Finance (Beckett)....Raycom Sports made
     the following announcements: JOE FARRELL has been named
     Account Exec in Chicago.  Farrell was previously a GM at
     Host Communications; DANE TERRY & HARDY JOHNSON have been
     appointed Account Execs in New York.  Terry was General
     Sales Manager at TCI Media Services, while Johnson served as
     an Account Exec for Cox Broadcasting; and JIM FORD has been
     hired as an Account Exec in Charlotte.  Ford was Dir Sales/
     Mid-Atlantic regional Jefferson-Pilot (Raycom Sports). 

          The GOP held a national gathering featuring ten
     prospective Republican presidential candidates in Cedar
     Rapids, IA, over the weekend.  Packers DE REGGIE WHITE was a
     guest of Family Research Council President GARY BAUER and
     the AP reported that the two "mugged for cameras, then
     hugged, easily the weekend's oddest looking couple" (AP,
     6/14).  In Cedar Rapids, the GAZETTE's Kueter & Lowenstein
     reported that one of the event's "biggest receptions" was
     given to White "who delivered the invocation" (GAZETTE,
     6/13).  Bauer, drawing "cheers" from the delegates, said, "I
     stood with Reggie White.  No to same-sex marriages!  No to
     saying that way of life is acceptable!" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/14). 
     Seahawks WR STEVE LARGENT (R-OK) served as the event's emcee
     and the TULSA WORLD reported that Largent's presence in IA
     "has revived talk heard often when he first entered
     political life that his future might include a spot on a
     national ticket" (TULSA WORLD, 6/13).

          KEVIN FOLEY of NJ-based Foley Sports Inc. will act as
     the exclusive off-the-field rep for his brother, Jets QB
     GLENN FOLEY (THE DAILY). ...In St. Louis, Jim Thomas
     reported that Rams QB TONY BANKS will be represented by
     agent MARVIN DEMOFF along with his original agent, HAROLD
     DANIELS.  Rams OL ZACH WIEGERT recently hired JIM STEINER of
     MO-based Sports Management Group (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH,
     6/14)....Tear Drop President & CEO RUDY SLUCKER is a
     finalist in the NJ Entrepreneur of the Year award, produced
     by Ernst & Young.  Slucker is one of 50 finalists
     representing 30 companies throughout the state (THE DAILY).
     ...Reps for MICHAEL JORDAN'S RESTAURANT were reportedly in
     Charlotte last week "checking out potential" sites
     "Reflections On Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates To The Music Of
     Mulan" tonight at 8:00pm on ABC.  The show is the first in
     Kwan's four-special deal with Disney (USA TODAY, 6/16).