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  • HOW THE NFL AGENTS STACK UP: A SPECIAL REPORT

         The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES began a three-part profile of NFL
    agents in a special report titled, "The NFL's Real Players."  The
    SUN-TIMES lists the Top 12 football agents: 1) LEIGH STEINBERG,
    TOM CONDON (tie); 3) MARVIN DEMOFF; 4) RALPH CINDRICH; 5) JIM
    STEINER; 6) DREW ROSENHAUS; 7) EUGENE PARKER; 8) FRANK BAUER; 9)
    LAMONT SMITH; 10) TONY AGNONE; 11) JIMMY SEXTON; and 12) BRAD
    BLANK (Dan Pompei, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/16).  In Part II, "Black
    Agents On Rise," EUGENE PARKER addresses the challenges facing
    African-American agents (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/17).  In Part III,
    "The Best in the Business," Pompei profiles Steinberg.
    Steinberg:  "Sports is entertainment.  The reason pro sports are
    popular is the public is exposed to them through newspapers and
    television.  I tell my clients if they don't want to talk with
    the press and they disdain writers, they ought to play in a
    sandlot" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/18).
         MORE AGENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT:  BET's "Sports Report"
    featured BILL STRICKLAND, President of IMG Basketball, and LEN
    ELMORE, Founder/Pres. Precept Sports & Entertainment. Strickland,
    on criticism that he doesn't further the interests of African-
    American agents by working for IMG:  "The opportunity presented
    itself to do what I wanted to do with a great deal of autonomy
    with a support of a number one company in the industry.  Where I
    draw the line is how well do I do by my clients and I don't care
    who is supporting me in terms of resources."  Elmore:   "We see
    ourselves, particularly with African American athletes, as
    mentors who can provide counsel not only in the professional
    life, but in their life outside of professional sports" (BET,
    4/15).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         MAGIC JOHNSON said he wants to play for the USA Olympic
    Basketball team during the '96 Games (L.A. TIMES, 4/19)....NBA
    Senior VP ROD THORN was named to head an 11-member panel to pick
    players and coaches for next year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball
    team (Mult., 4/19)....LARRY DONEN was named VP/Properties and
    Retail for Northwest Entertainment Group.  He will be responsible
    for the overall development strategies and consumer products for
    the Canucks, Grizzlies, and GM Place (Grizzlies)....LES KRANTZ,
    the author of the "Jobs Rated Almanac," reports the three
    highest-paying professions (on average):  1) Pro basketball
    player -- $1.561M; 2) Pro baseball player -- $1.119M; 3) Pro
    football player --$655,055 ("Today," NBC, 4/19)....HUBERT DAVIS,
    ANTHONY BONNER, MONTY WILLIAMS and HERB WILLIAMS of the Knicks
    played four-on-four against Letterman audience members last night
    (The audience won, 108-107).  NBC's MARV ALBERT also made an
    appearance, presenting an "Albert Achievement Awards Embarrassing
    Moment" to an audience member who was hit in the head ("Late
    Night," CBS, 4/18).
    

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