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  • ALL THE INDUSTRIALISTS THAT ARE FIT TO PRINT

         The International Sports Summit has published the "Sports
    Summit Sports Business Directory," an 800-page directory with up-
    to-date listings of over 16,000 execs and 7,200 corporate
    profiles.  The Directory features sports facility information,
    along with league and governing body, Olympic and team media
    components.  For info, call Adam Moss at E.J. Krause & Associates
    at (301) 986-7800 (E.J. Krause).
    

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  • HOW WILL ESPN PRESENT "REPLACEMENT BASEBALL TONIGHT"?

         Last night, ESPN aired its season premiere of "Baseball
    Tonight," the nightly baseball news and highlights show.  With
    owners ready to open the season with replacements, the media's
    presentation of the sport is being closely watched.  Yesterday,
    THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY spoke with Bob Rauscher, Senior
    Coordinating Producer of "Baseball Tonight," about the editorial
    decisions they face and their plans for dealing with viewers'
    high level of skepticism.
         THE DAILY: What is the editorial policy toward showing
    replacement baseball highlights on "Baseball Tonight"?  Do you
    plan any changes from last year's telecast?
         RAUSCHER:  Right now the policy will be, for lack of a
    better phrase, to cover the story.  We will show what is
    happening in baseball.  At the moment, we will show what is
    happening with replacement games, what is happening with the
    strike negotiations, and what is going on with the players who
    are out on strike.  Our coverage will cover the entire spectrum
    of what is happening in Major League Baseball.
         THE DAILY: Is there any pressure for the show to not take
    sides?  If you show replacement highlights, do you feel that
    legitimizes the game and works to the owners advantage?
         RAUSCHER:  No, I think that we are coming at it as a news
    event.  There was a game happening and we are showing it.  We are
    not passing judgment on whether they should be or should not be
    played.  We just think they are being played.  It is obviously a
    fine line to make sure our presentation plays it straight.
         THE DAILY:  When covering plays made in replacement games,
    will it be noted that there is a difference in the level of
    talent?  And, isn't it possible that "Baseball Tonight" could
    turn into a nightly bloopers reel?
         RAUSCHER:  I don't think we want to get into a blooper reel
    or a slap-stick presentation that says, 'Wow, look at this string
    of poor plays.'  On the other hand, I don't think we are going to
    be an apologist.  If there is a bad play, it is going to be
    obvious that it was a bad play.  So I think we will work very
    hard to find the right balance between an accurate portrayal of
    what is happening, and not being too far editorially towards one
    side or the other.
         THE DAILY:  Are people going to watch replacement baseball
    and the highlights?
         RAUSCHER:  We hope they will, since we are doing them.  If I
    knew that answer I would probably have the strike solved by now.
    Our job is to service the viewer.  We have promised them baseball
    shows, so that is what we will deliver.  I am not going to sit
    here and say that I think there will be the same interest for the
    fans.  But again, for fans who are baseball fans and want to keep
    up with what is happening in the game, I think we want to
    reinforce that we are the source of that type of information.
    The goal of "Baseball Tonight" is to be the daily record of what
    is happening in baseball.  So with that said, I think that is the
    approach we have to take.  There are things that are out of our
    control, we can't worry about them.
         THE DAILY:  With some outlets not televising games, will
    that affect your ability to get highlights?
         RAUSCHER:  Yes, it will certainly impact our coverage.  We
    will have to see what games have been cancelled as far as being
    broadcast, and we will have to make alternate provisions -- or
    cover them ourselves if we deem it necessary to get highlights
    from those.
         THE DAILY: As far as referencing the players, are they
    replacment players, major league players or scabs?
         RAUSCHER:  The phrase "replacements" has been used and there
    certainly has been discussion whether that is a management phrase
    or not -- although it has become an accepted common phrase out
    there.  Certainly once the regular season starts, it gets to a
    whole other discussion.
    

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  • IMG & NICK BOLLETTIERI FORM BASEBALL ACADEMY

         IMG and the Bollettieri Sports Academy are forming a new
    baseball academy patterned after the Nick Bollettieri Tennis
    Academy (NBTA), as well as the new David Leadbetter Junior Golf
    Academy and Schulz Soccer Academy, which were established in '94
    as part of an expanded Bollettieri Sports Academy.  Mickey White,
    a former MLB Dir of Scouting among other positions, has been
    appointed GM of the Baseball Academy, and longtime NBTA supporter
    Adidas has signed on as the Academy's first corporate sponsor
    (IMG/Bollettieri).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         The Sharks promoted DEAN LOMBARDI and CHUCK GRILLO to new
    positions.  Lombardi is now Exec VP/Dir of Hockey Ops, and Grillo
    will be Exec VP/Dir of Player Personnel (Sharks). ....MONICA
    SELES has turned down an invitation from BILLIE JEAN KING to
    compete in the first round of the Fed Cup in April.  King spoke
    to Seles who told her that "she doesn't know if she will ever
    play tennis again" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/24)....Acting MLB
    Commissioner BUD SELIG said he opposes lifting PETE ROSE's ban
    from baseball:  "BART GIAMATTI was one of the best friends I've
    ever had in the world, and I have great faith in his decision.
    His decision still stands, and as far as I'm concerned his
    decision should stand" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/24).
    

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  • TIGER WOODS FEATURED IN THIS WEEK'S SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

         The development of golf-phenom TIGER WOODS is featured in
    the latest issue of SI.  Writer Rick Reilly, on the plan to make
    the multi-ethnic Tiger into golf's next superstar: "The plan is
    for Tiger to knock down flags, not carry them.  So [father] Earl
    tells his son one rule: 'When you're in America, be black.  When
    you're in the Orient, be Asian.'"  Riley, on Woods' earning
    potential:  "The standard estimate of his value in the
    endorsement world is in the tens of millions of dollars, and
    that's just the beginning."  Woods: "I don't want to be the best
    black golfer ever.  I want to be the best golfer ever" (SI, 3/27
    issue).
    

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