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         ATLANTA -- OWNER WITH A HEART:  Braves Owner Ted Turner said
    the players are bound to break first:  "They won't come back all
    at once, but some of the players will need the money.  They
    aren't as rich as we are.  We'll outlast 'em."  Turner went on to
    refer to his star Greg Maddux as "that fellow who keeps winning
    Cy Youngs" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/24).     BOSTON -- GOOD FIELD, NO
    POWER:  Myles Calvey, business manager at the Int'l Brotherhood
    of Electrical Workers Union Local 2222:  "We don't support scabs.
    So, if they have any problems with telephones at Fenway Park, we
    won't fix it."  Red Sox Dir of Marketing Larry Cancro:  "All we
    can do is make contingency plans as best we can and try to serve
    the fans" (Diane Lewis, BOSTON GLOBE, 2/23).
         CHICAGO -- JORDAN RULES:  Michael Jordan won't play in
    exhibition games, but he still expresses sympathy for minor-
    league colleagues:  "I don't care who you are or how big you are
    in the major leagues, you've got these little people down here
    feeling the brunt of what's happening up there.  There's got to
    be some sensitivity to that.  Don't put them in the middle of an
    ego fight" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/24).
         CINCINNATI -- "NO-WIN SITUATION":  ESPN profiled how the
    Reds are dealing with the minor league issue.  Reds GM Jim
    Bowden: "If Mr. Fehr is going to stoop to the level to try to
    have these minor leaguer kids not play I think it is mean
    spirited, I think it is unfair, I think it is unjust."  Former
    Player Rep/Reds Coach Ray Knight: "I don't think these young kids
    should be punished. ... It is a no-win situation for them, it
    really is."  Former major leaguer Kurt Stillwell, who is in the
    Reds camp:  "There are a lot of organizations out there.  There
    is only one union.  It is a tough situation" ("SportsCenter,"
    ESPN, 2/23).
         DETROIT -- SKITTISH SPONSORS:  Mike Feeney, GM of WJR, the
    Tigers' radio partner, said many sponsors "are concerned over
    what replacement baseball will mean and what the ratings will be.
    So I think it's fair to say that we're flexible in negotiating
    with all of our sponsors at this point" (Steve Crowe, DETROIT
    FREE PRESS, 2/24).
         MONTREAL -- GOV'T TO OK GAMES:  Canadian Federal immigration
    rules will be changed to allow the Expos to use replacement
    players.  "Citing unnamed sources, the CBC said the Liberal
    government wants to avoid losing the team and its economic
    benefits during a year when Quebec is holding a referendum on
    separating from Canada" (TORONTO SUN, 2/24).
         NEW YORK -- YANKS' WAY OR HIGHWAY:  The Yankees sent home
    three minor-leaguers who refused to play in spring games.
    Yankees AA pitcher Brian Faw:  "A lot of the time, the small guy
    gets used" (Jack Curry, N.Y. TIMES, 2/24).
         ST. LOUIS -- MR. NICE GUY:  Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty has
    not threatened to send any minor-leaguers home if they don't
    play, but says:  "I wanted to make it very clear to the kids that
    we're going to support them and back them.  But they also have to
    remember they have to support us and back us" (Rick Hummel, ST.
         SAN FRANCISCO -- NO DECISION:  Giants officials still have
    not decided whether they ask minor leaguers to play in major
    league exhibition games.  An AP survey shows that 2/3 of minor
    leaguers around the league say they will boycott spring
    replacement games (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/24).

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         The prospects of NBA officials facing punishment for tax
    evasion, as first reports in the February 12 Portland OREGONIAN,
    has NBA executives worried, according to the current issue of
    SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.  "Even a resolution that stopped short of
    criminal charges would be enough to give the NBA the heebee-
    jeebies.  No sports league, pro or college wants even the
    appearance that its game officials are under any kind of
    financial pressure.  'The job of refereeing is tough enough
    without any of this,' one league official said last week.  'We
    worry about the integrity of the game, and we worry about
    maintaining the appearance of integrity'" ("Scorecard," SPORTS
    ILLUSTRATED, 2/27 issue).

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         Although no "expansion plan exists, and no timetable is
    certain, everyone expects the NHL will go west again," according
    to Kevin Allen in today's USA TODAY.  Among topics that Allen
    discusses in the piece:  the leading cities in the west who
    appear to be "early front-runners" for teams (Denver, Phoenix and
    Portland), the concern of the "quality of talent pool" for new
    teams, and a conflict with the IHL that "appears inevitable."  On
    the IHL, which has teams in cities where the NHL may expand,
    Whalers GM Jim Rutherford:  "They didn't have any concern about
    putting teams outside Detroit and Chicago.  Why should we be
    concerned about going into Denver, Phoenix or Atlanta" (USA
    TODAY, 2/24).
         MINORS FLOURISH:  The popularity of the ECHL and other minor
    hockey leagues is examined by Stefan Fatsis in this morning's
    WALL STREET JOURNAL.  With franchises No. 20 and 21 due next
    season and "at least six more by 1998," Fatsis says the ECHL "may
    be the fastest-growing league in professional sports history. ...
    The minors in general have come a long way from the brawl-a-
    minute games depicted in the 1977 movie 'Slapshot'" (WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 2/24).
         CONGRATS, MICK E.:  The IHL Minnesota Moose logo "has been
    rated No. 1 in all of minor league hockey" by THE HOCKEY NEWS.
    According to staff writer Michael Ulmer, "Mick E. Moose is
    clearly the logo of the '90's. ... The Moose won because they
    managed to create a figure which is entrancing and assertive
    without being obnoxious."  The logo has been so popular that
    merchandise "sold in the arena and in their specialty stores" has
    already surpassed the $1.4M mark (Dan Barreiro, Minneapolis STAR
    TRIBUNE, 2/22).  Moose Dir of Public Relations Joanie St. Peter:
    "Obviously it's a big honor.  We're very excitied about it" (THE

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         VA Senator John Warner said his staff director was wrong
    when he said Warner "would not support efforts to repeal
    baseball's antitrust exemption because Northern Virginia had been
    offered an expansion team."  Grayson Winterling told the
    WASHINGTON POST yesterday that MLB expansion committee Chair John
    Harrington offered Warner a team if the Senator would not join
    the fight to eliminate the antitrust exemption.  Warner said "he
    does not support repeal of the antitrust exemption, but bristled
    at Winterling's statement he had been 'bought.'"  Warner:
    "Regrettably, my staff person unintentionally misspoke" (Joe
    Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/24).  FL Senator Bob Graham said
    yesterday that Warner's "episode demonstrates the need to lift
    the antitrust exemption, so baseball can't act like a 'cartel'
    and use promises of teams to protect its interests in Congress"
    (Topkin & Dahl, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 2/24).  CNN's Bob Lorenz
    said the MLB Expansion Committee also denied the report Northern
    VA had been promised a team in exchange for Warner's vote
    ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 2/23).
         MACK SAYS EXPANSION CLOSE:  FL Senator Connie Mack said
    yesterday that he believes the Tampa Bay area will receive an
    expansion team.  Mack:  "My conversations with representatives of
    Major League Baseball lead me to conclude we're going to be happy
    with their announcement on expansion."  Two expansion teams could
    be rewarded at a March 7-9 owners meeting in Palm Beach, FL
    (Topkin & Dahl, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 2/24).  USA TODAY's Hal
    Bodley reports owners have decided to give Phoenix and St.
    Petersburg teams for '98, but are wrestling with the cost of
    entry and how TV and licencing revenue will be distributed to the
    new clubs (USA TODAY, 2/24).  Unofficially, the top two vote
    getters among the 7,000 names submitted in Tampa Bay's name-the-
    team contest are Tampa Bay Pelicans and Tampa Bay Manatees.
    Majority Owner Vince Namoli and minority owners will have the
    final say on a name (Bob Chick, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/24).

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