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  • L.A. MARATHON FIRM HIT FOR ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

         The L.A. TIMES reports Los Angeles Marathon, Inc., the
    company that runs the L.A. Marathon, has reportedly admitted to
    laundering thousands of dollars for the campaigns of former L.A.
    Mayor Tom Bradley, Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris and others.  The
    company has been fined $436,000 by the L.A. Ethics Commission and
    the CA state Fair Political Practices Commission.  The firm
    admitted to being the "true source" of 137 campaign contributions
    while "illicitly" reimbursing its employees (L.A. TIMES, 9/27).
    

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  • METZENBAUM TAKES ANTITRUST FIGHT DOWN TO THE WIRE

         Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH), a longtime foe of baseball's
    antitrust exemption, threatened again last night to attach his
    legislation revoking the exemption as an amendment to an
    appropriations bill.  But at the suggestion of Democratic
    colleagues, he again withdrew his measure for a later time.
    Metzenbaum and UT Republican Orrin Hatch are co-sponsors of a
    revised bill that would lift the exemption should the owners
    unilaterally impose a salary cap.  Both senators argued their
    case last night that the baseball antitrust amendment should be
    attached to the HHS appropriations bill because of a
    parliamentary loophole that made it "germane" to that particular
    piece of legislation.  Metzenbaum had claimed that the HHS bill
    would be the last chance for an amendment before adjournment (THE
    DAILY).
         BACK ON THE HILL TODAY:  For the second time in two weeks, a
    House subcommittee will hold hearings on baseball's labor
    situation.  Today, it is the labor-management subcommittee of the
    House Education and Labor Committee chaired by Rep. Pat Williams
    (D-MT).  Williams has proposed legislation that would establish a
    three-person arbitration panel to settle the baseball dispute
    should no agreement be reached by February 1.  Among those
    scheduled to appear:  Chief management negotiator Richard
    Ravitch, MLB labor relation committee General Counsel Charles
    O'Connor, MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza, the Yankees' Bernie
    Williams and the Dodgers' Orel Hershiser.  Williams' bill is "not
    very likely to go anywhere this session," but it "would probably
    have a better chance" next year than the bill to strip the
    antitrust exemption (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 9/28).
         SPEAKING OF WHICH ... The House Judiciary Committee will
    vote, possibly as early as tomorrow, on a bill sponsored by Rep.
    Mike Synar (D-OK) to lift the exemption should the owners
    unilaterally impose a cap.  The vote could come tomorrow
    (AP/PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/28).
    

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  • OFF THE RADAR SCREEN? MLB IN COURT OVER GIANTS NON-MOVE

         A civil lawsuit brought against MLB by Vincent Piazza and
    Vincent Tirendi, who were rejected in their bid to move the
    Giants to FL, is scheduled to begin tomorrow in a Philadelphia
    federal court.  The suit alleged that Piazza and Tirendi's civil
    rights, state contract laws and federal antitrust laws were
    violated by MLB.  Harvard Law's Paul Weiler, noting that a jury
    may be prejudiced against the owners by the ongoing labor
    dispute:  "There's no doubt the strike makes this a tougher case
    for baseball."  The case will center around the issue of
    "defamation" concerning a '92 comment from Fred Kuhlmann of the
    Cardinals that Piazza had problems with his "background."  Piazza
    alleges an anti-Italian bias.  But the case has "the potential to
    bring down" baseball's antitrust exemption.  While U.S. District
    Court Judge John Padova has already ruled that the exemption
    "won't have any validity in this case," the owners vow to appeal
    the case to the Supreme Court should Piazza and Tirendi prevail
    (Noam Neusner, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 9/28).
    

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