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FORMER MLB PROPERTIES HEAD ADDRESSES HIS DEPARTURE

     RICK WHITE, who had headed MLB Properties since 1988 until
leaving last January, spoke with BRANDWEEK features editor Terry
Lefton and sports marketer Brandon Steiner on his departure.
White now runs Strategic Merchandising Associates, a New York
consulting firm.  ON WHEN MLB WILL NAME A SUCCESSOR:  "They're
waiting until after the strike, which frankly is wholly
shortsighted.  It will hurt the business, especially right now.
The owners have never paid a great deal of attention to (MLBP)
and this is evidence of that."  ON THE EFFECT OF LABOR UNREST:
"If you are a licensee that sources offshore, you are in a great
deal of pain.  Starter is a good example.  They don't know when
baseball is going to return.  And when it does, they'll have a
lot of problems getting goods back in the marketplace."  ON WHY
HE LEFT MLB:  "I'm bound by my settlement agreement not to get
into specifics, but it was between myself and [acting
Commissioner Bud] Selig.  I challenged him on some things."  ON
ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT:  "There were also allegations
of fraud and of me not getting along with colleagues.  None have
any substance" (BRANDWEEK, 12/5).
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