Fleet Financial Group, Boston, has promoted Patrick F. McAuliffe to executive vice president and head of the sports lending group. He will report to William F. Hatfield, executive vice president of Fleet's specialized lending division.

Mr. McAuliffe's group is responsible for the client relationships in franchise financing and stadium construction financing. Fleet's sports lending group has relationships with 30 professional teams in the National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association.

Mr. McAuliffe was a senior credit officer and senior vice president for a segment of Fleet's commercial loan portfolio in New York. Before that he supervised the integration of Natwest Bancorp's commercial loan portfolio into Fleet Financial.

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