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     BASEBALL & ANTITRUST:  Opponents of MLB's antitrust
exemption will lose two key allies when the 104th Congress is
sworn in in January '95.  While the retirement of Sen. Howard
Metzenbaum, the leading exemption foe on the Senate Judiciary
Committee, has been known since last year, Rep. Jack Brooks, the
chairman of the House Judiciary Commitee who came out strongly
against the exemption in hearings this fall, was defeated
yesterday for re-election.  However, by winning both houses of
Congress, Republicans will control chairmanships of all
committees and the pace and substance of legislation.  In an
apparent boost for the MLBPA and exemption foes, Republican Sen.
Orrin Hatch, who co-sponsored a bill with Metzenbaum that would
have lifted the exemption for the duration of the work stoppage
and allowed the players to sue if the owners imposed a salary
cap, will take over as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary.
     WINNING OWNERS:  George W. Bush, Managing General Partner of
the Texas Rangers, was elected Governor of Texas over Democratic
incumbent Ann Richards.  Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin,
the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, easily gained re-election.
     BIG-NAME POLITICAL PLAYERS:  Oklahoma will send two football
greats to Congress:  former Seahawk receiver Steve Largent and
former O.U. QB J.C. Watts, both Republicans.
     PULL THE CHUTE, BIG DADDY:  Drag racing legend "Big daddy"
Don Garlits came up short in his bid for a Florida congressional
     OTHER WINNERS AND ALSO-RANS:  The graduated income tax in
Massachusetts did not pass.  The proposal would have raised taxes
on the wealthy causing some sports agents to speculate that it
could affect free agents' decisions on whether to sign with
Boston teams....Arizona Gov. Fife Symington was re-elected.  He
supports a sales tax hike to pay for a baseball stadium to lure
an MLB expansion franchise.  His Democratic opponent did
not....Capitals & Bullets owner Abe Pollin and Redskins Owner
Jack Kent Cooke will have to deal with Marion Barry for their new
arena and stadium plans.  Barry completed his long-shot comeback
to regain the DC Mayor's seat.  However, if Cooke is thinking of
sticking with his plans to move to Maryland, he won't know for
some time who to contact.  The Governor's race in that state
remains too close to call.
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