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Pistons' Hill drops marketing firm

NBA All-Star Grant Hill, one of the hottest properties in sports endorsements, has severed ties with Advantage International, the giant sports marketing firm that counted him among its marquee clients.

The Detroit Pistons forward notified some of his major endorsers last week that his marketing would be handled by his father, Calvin Hill, according to several sources familiar with the relationship, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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Advantage spokesman Gabe Harris declined to comment, as did officials in Grant Hill's business office in Washington and his attorney, Lon Babby.

Unlike many athletes who use agents for all their commercial and league dealings, Grant Hill has split the work. Babby, the attorney, negotiates Hill's player contracts and Advantage, based in McLean, Va., has represented him in commercial affairs since his rookie year, 1994.

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Pub Date: 6/03/97


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