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Volume 25 No. 64
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Marketplace Round-Up

WHAT'S UP, JEFF? ESPN2's "RPM 2Night" last night reported from the set of the Warner Bros. film, "Looney Tunes, Back In Action," which features a cameo appearance by Winston Cup driver Jeff Gordon. Producer Bernie Goldman: "We wanted Jeff because he has a huge audience. He has a huge following, and we hope he's got a big sense of humor; and the way he's responded so far, he does have a big sense of humor" ("RPM 2Night," ESPN2, 10/3). The movie is slated for a November '03 release (THE DAILY).

ROCKING THE BOAT: America's Cup team Oracle BMW Racing Owner and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said of Oracle's corporate role with the team, "They haven't invested one penny." Ellison added that all $85-90M in the team's budget "comes from his pocket, or from his recent BMW sponsorship deal." Ellison said of his involvement with the team, "I also own my own office furniture, everything in it, and the art on the walls. I make one dollar a year. But nobody's crying for me." Meanwhile, Stars & Stripes skipper Dennis Conner said of his team's Viagra sponsorship, "There are 150 million men in the world who need the drug and don't know it. ... Sixty percent of those men (unknowingly) suffer from diabetes. If they go to a doctor (to get Viagra), it could save their lives" (Ron Judd, SEATTLE TIMES, 10/4).

HOCKEY: The ECHL has signed a two-year deal with InGlasCo and C&T Hockey to provide official game pucks, souvenir pucks and novelties for all member teams (ECHL).