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Volume 24 No. 112

Sports Industrialists

          English Premier League Chair SIR JOHN QUINTON and CEO
     PETER LEAVER resigned "after failing to convince the 20
     Premiership clubs ... that they had the authority" to hire
     BSkyB execs SAM CHISHOLM and DAVID CHANCE as Media Advisers.
     The two were hired to work on a new TV deal, but were named
     "without the knowledge of the clubs, angering several of the
     Premiership chairmen" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 3/12).
     ...SporTVision will create a new media division to develop
     Internet products and features, video sports games and an
     interactive Web site.  RUSSELL QUY will head the new
     division as Exec Dir of New Media Development (SporTVision).
     ...DANIELLE MAGED was named MSG VP/Marketing, and will lead
     marketing and branding initiatives for MSG's assets.  She
     will oversee MSG's Web site and new media development (MSG).

          JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. visited MIKE TYSON in jail 
     yesterday.  Kennedy said he was "really here just as a
     friend" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/12).....Producer LARRY THOMPSON
     said that he is working on a two-hour bio film on the life
     of JOE DIMAGGIO and MARILYN MONROE and "is in talks" with
     two networks (REUTERS, 3/12)....OLIVER STONE's film "ANY
     GIVEN SUNDAY" is looking for "local extras to fill a stadium
     of spectators" at Miami's Orange Bowl.  Film Publicist MARCY
     BERLOW: "The extras can do whatever they want.  They can
     show enthusiasm in any way, but they need to wear black and
     white; the colors of the Sharks [the fictional team]." 
     Extras won't be paid (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL,
     3/12)....CA-based surfwear company QUICKSILVER President BOB
     MCKNIGHT was profiled in the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER after
     the company announced "sterling" first quarter earnings "on
     the heels of a record" '98.  Earnings last year rose 42%, to
     $18M, on sales of $316M.  The company is in a "position to
     grow through acquisitions" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/11).  
       

          Legg Mason Wood Walker Managing Dir JOHN MOAG announced
     three additions to the Sports Industry Group he heads in the
     firm's Corporate Finance Dept.  Joining the group as a
     Principal is MITCHELL ZIETS, a former partner of Public
     Finance Management in Philadelphia, and KAREN BATCHELDER as
     VP in Legg Mason's Philadelphia office.  JOHN TENUTA, former
     VP/Business Affairs & Legal Affairs at ProServ, joins the
     firm as an Associate.  With the additions, Moag said that
     Legg Mason "now offers an unprecedented level of experience
     and innovation for the rapidly changing and opportunity-rich
     sports industry.  We have been there, we have done it, and
     we are constantly looking at new and creative alternatives
     for our clients" (Legg Mason Wood Walker).