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Volume 24 No. 115

Sports Industrialists

          TOM HAGOPIAN has joined Cablevision's Product
     Management & Marketing team as VP/Interactive Products in
     the Consumer Product Management Division.  Hagopian
     previously served as President & COO of InterZine
     Productions and was VP/GM of ESPNET (THE DAILY)....Buena
     Vista Internet Group Senior VP/Advertising RICH LEFURGY "is
     leaving to pursue other interests" (AD AGE, 8/13).
     ...PlanetAll, a Web contact management service owned by
     Amazon.com, named KENNETH DOTSON Senior VP/Marketing &
     Development.  Dotson, who served as VP/Marketing & co-
     Creator of CBS SportsLine, was the first person hired by
     SportsLine USA CEO MICHAEL LEVY (PlanetAll).

          U.S. SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ) told USA TODAY that "the
     fix is in" for MIKE TYSON to receive his boxing license from
     the state of NJ tomorrow.  McCain: "They (New Jersey
     regulators) are going to deliberate and then give him a
     license -- it's obvious" (USA TODAY, 8/13)....SPIKE LEE was
     at Yankee Stadium yesterday shooting scenes for his upcoming
     film on the '70s murderer, Son of Sam (HARTFORD COURANT,
     8/13).  Also, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN attended yesterday's Twins-
     Yankees game, and Yankees OF BERNIE WILLIAMS had his guitar
     autographed by Springsteen.  Springsteen wrote, "If you're
     ever tired of baseball.... Best Wishes, Bruce Springsteen"
     ("Showbiz Today," CNN, 8/12)....Univ. of IN men's basketball
     coach BOBBY KNIGHT is named in a $4M suit by MARK TREADWELL,
     a former recruit, for "breach of contract."  Treadwell, who
     was told in the spring that he would not be admitted for
     "academic reasons," has been diagnosed with clinical
     depression and has been under a doctor's care.  Knight:
     "From our standpoint, there's no problem I could imagine"
     (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/13)....A report in the Cleveland said
     that if the DEBARTOLO FAMILY's deal to sell the Thistledown
     horse racing track to FL-based CALL NOW "falls through,"
     Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER "might just step forward
     and pick up the pieces" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/12). 

          Rainbow Media Holdings named ANDREA GREENBERG Exec VP
     of its Rainbow Sports division, according to Rich Katz of
     DAILY VARIETY.  The move makes Greenberg "one of the
     highest-ranking female executives in sports television."  In
     her new position, Greenberg will head the Fox Sports Net
     RSNs.  Greenberg, who will report directly to Rainbow
     President & CEO JOSH SAPAN, previously served as Senior VP/
     Business & Regulatory Affairs (DAILY VARIETY, 8/13).