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Volume 24 No. 156

Sports Industrialists

          The NHL named CLAUDE LOISELLE Manager of Hockey
     Operations (NHL).  Loiselle replaces DAVID NONIS, who
     resigned to become the Canucks' Senior VP/Hockey Operations
     (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 8/19)....Wieden & Kennedy, OR, named NORMAN
     SHAFFER Group Media Dir for the Nike account, a new post. 
     He was Exec VP & Dir of Media Services at Jordan McGrath
     Case & Taylor, NY (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/19)....Turner
     Sports promoted TOM HUGHES to Dir of PR (CABLE WORLD, 8/17)
     ...Tennis Canada Media Dir LORETTO VELLA "has been let go in
     a downsizing move"....PATRYCIA AZZARA was promoted from U.S.
     Open Assistant Ticket Manager to Ticket Manger....Reebok
     promoted DOUG CAHN to VP/Human Rights Programs, from Dir of
     Human Rights Initiatives (TENNIS WEEK, 8/20 issue).

          Bucks F TYRONE HILL recently signed a deal with the
     polygram Entertainment Group affil Platinum to distribute
     his All Net Records label.  Billboard Senior Editor MELINDA
     NEWMAN: "It always seems that athletes want to be rock stars
     and rock stars want to be athletes" (VIBE, 8/10 issue).
          THE 29TH WORKS FOR US: MATS WILANDER will perform with
     recording artists dada -- whose "California Gold" was the
     second-most played song on alternative radio earlier this
     month -- and THE TORIES, at the '98 U.S. Open Player Party,
     August 29 at N.Y.'s China Club.  The party is sponsored by
     Heineken USA (THE DAILY)....The MLS Mutiny announced THE GOO
     GOO DOLLS will perform at the closing of Houlihan Stadium
     after the team's last match on September 13 (Mutiny).
          OTHER NAMES: IOC Medical Commission Chair ALEXANDRE DE
     MERODE "responded" to recent remarks made by IOC President
     JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH about reducing the list of banned
     substances.  De Merode: "The president can have his
     opinions.  I do not understand, and they make me aghast ...
     people who want to reduce the list are the people who want
     to let doping function" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/18)...JIM
     CONNELLY, who recently resigned as NFLP Senior VP/Consumer
     Products, "is said to be a candidate for a top marketing
     post" at the NHL and "is a possible contender" to replace
     BOB GAMGORT as President of MLBP (AD AGE, 8/18)...."JUDGE
     MILLS LANE," the new courtroom show, "came out fighting in
     its syndication debut Monday" with a 21% ratings boost for
     the time periods it occupies on metered-market stations
     (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 8/19)....FRANK DUROSS, co-Owner of the
     A League Rochester Rhinos and the AHL Providence Bruins,
     sole Owner of the NLL's Boston Blazers and a limited partner
     in the MLS Fusion, is profiled in the Rochester DEMOCRAT &
     CHRONICLE.  A successful "sports entrepreneur" and
     millionaire, DuRoss is currently "spearheading" Rochester's
     push for an MLS team (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 8/15).
 

          KEN GRIFFEY JR. writes a first-person cover story with
     Claire Smith in ESPN MAGAZINE where he talks of his
     relationship with Nike and today's media.  Griffey: "Nike
     doesn't force you to do anything you're not comfortable
     with.  Yes, I've gotten questions the last couple years
     about Nike: 'How come the factory workers are only making
     this much?'  I really got grilled by one reporter.  I said,
     If you give me a couple of days to find out about it, I'll
     answer all your questions.  And I got a printout a few days
     later, and showed him that factory workers are comparable to
     firemen, teachers, policemen and more in those societies. 
     That's what people don't get to see.  The just see numbers -
     - they're getting this, and we're getting this -- instead of
     dealing with what their societies make and what our society
     makes."  On the media: "There are a lot of things the media
     don't always understand.  I agree with ESPN on a lot of
     things, but certain things?  People have to be accountable
     for what they say and do.  Athletes, media, everybody.  So
     if you say something negative about somebody, at least give
     them an opportunity to answer.  I don't want to get
     wisecracks.  I want sports.  That's it.  But with ESPN, it's
     like a competition in the studio to see who can say the
     funniest line.  When somebody makes an error, guys in our
     position don't think it's funny.  Then you have the field
     guys at the ballpark wondering why this player or that
     player won't talk.  Send the guy who said the funny line to
     get the interview" (ESPN MAGAZINE, 8/24 issue).