RICHARD LYNCH, President & CEO of The Sports Authority,
has been granted a 90-day leave of absence for "personal
reasons." TSA Vice Chair MARTIN HANAKA will assume Lynch's
duties (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/18)....Former NFL player
SOLOMON WILCOTS has joined ESPN as a Bureau Reporter based
in Cincinnati (ESPN)....Woolf Associates announced the
promotion of ANNE MARIE BOUCHER to Account Supervisor
(Woolf)....The USOC promoted ERIC PARTHEN to Manager of its
Grants & Planning Division (USOC)....MARK ELLIS was named
Sales Development Dir for Sports Illustrated in N.Y. Ellis
will also continue in his role as Publishing Dir of SI
Presents. SI also named VIC SAUERHOFF as General Manager.
He was SI's Financial Dir. ANN DUFFY becomes SI's Financial
Dir, and PETER GREER has been promoted to Advertising
Revenue Manager. In addition, JENNIFER BLANCHARD has been
named International Licensing Manager (SI).
BULL MARKET: Bulls F DENNIS RODMAN appeared on NBC's
"Tonight Show" last night. Rodman, on the Bulls: "PHIL
[JACKSON] needs a contract, MICHAEL [JORDAN]'s going to get
$40 million, SCOTTIE [PIPPEN] will get $30 -- I'm going to
get the rest." Rodman's wrestling partner, HOLLYWOOD HULK
HOGAN, made an appearance on the show, as did KARL MALONE
and DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE, who will wrestle Hogan and Rodman
next month (NBC, 6/17). Rodman has signed a deal with Sony
to star in an untitled film directed by RINGO LAM and DEVIN
ELDERS. The film will be produced by Lam, DWIGHT MANLEY and
MOSHE DIAMANT (DAILY VARIETY, 6/18).
BOOK TOUR: Temple Publishing's "LEGAL BASES: BASEBALL
AND THE LAW," by Rutgers Law School and MLB salary
arbitrator ROGER ABRAMS, is reviewed by Smith College
economics professor Andrew Zimbalist in the WASHINGTON POST.
Zimbalist writes that Abrams "does not always succeed in
presenting a balanced or penetrating account of his
subject," and that "overall it is Abram's failure to draw
out the many implications of antitrust law and baseball's
exemption that is the Achilles' heel of the book"
(WASHINGTON POST, 6/18)...."WHO WORKS IN NASCAR," published
by WHO WORKS SPORTS GUIDES, is available for $39.50, plus $6
handling, through NC-based Eclipsed Management (NASCAR).