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  • AVP SEARCHING FOR NEW DIRECTOR AFTER DANKWORTH'S DEPARTURE

         The Association of Volleyball Professionals Board of
    Directors is still searching for a new Executive Director after
    Jeffrey Dankworth's resignation to head a new software company in
    Reno, NV.  AVP President Jon Stevenson has assumed the
    responsibilities of Executive Director on an interim basis, while
    the Board continues their search.  Under Dankworth and
    Stevenson's reign, the AVP increased its prize money from $1.8M
    to more than $4M and has signed major agreements with Miller
    Brewing, Coca-Cola, and NBC Sports.  AVP also signed an agreement
    with USA Volleyball, which will ensure accommodation of AVP
    players in the selection process for athletes to represent the
    U.S. in beach volleyball at the '96 Summer Games (AVP).
    Stevenson told THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY yesterday that the Board
    has taken "a very active, very responsible role" during the
    transition period, and that the search for a new Executive
    Director "coincides with a very critical time for" the sport.
    Stevenson said that since the sport is growing so fast, the
    league has to "keep growing" to avoid stagnation.  Stevenson
    wasn't sure when the Board will make a decision on the position.
    Stevenson: "The Board has taken swift action, but what decision
    they make in the next 30, 60, or 90 days is unclear at this
    time."  Stevenson said the search is an "exhaustive process" that
    has required working with AVP's business partners, such as
    Miller-Lite and NBC, to "come up with a composite" of the
    candidate they are seeking (THE DAILY).
    

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  • BASEBALL BACK TO BUSINESS II: UMPS TAKE A NORTHWARD POSE

         The MLBUA "will petition the Ontario Labor Board to prevent
    the use of replacement umpires," according to this morning's
    TORONTO SUN.  While MLBUA General Counsel Richie Phillips said
    they were "assured," based on a conversation with the Ontario
    Labor Board, that MLB could not employ replacement umps in
    Toronto, Ontario Labor Minister Shirley Coppen said there is
    still "some question" on whether the umps are protected since
    "neither the umpires, their union or the employer is located in
    Ontario."  Phillips' response:  "The league is not a separate
    entity.  The Jays are a constituent part of the league and the
    umpires are employed by all the clubs, including the Blue Jays.
    [Jays President] Paul Beeston has input into what the umpires are
    paid and he's part of any labor agreement or negotiations" (Bill
    Lankhof, TORONTO SUN, 4/6).  Prior to seeking a ruling from the
    OLRB, the parties must go through a "formal consiliation process"
    (James Christie, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/6).  The umpires have
    been locked out since January 1.
         FACT-CHECKING:  Management attorney Robert Kheel claims the
    umpires are seeking a 53% wage increase at the start of a new
    four-year contract.  Phillips responds:  "Our position was being
    portrayed inaccurately.  The actual increase the umpires are
    asking for is a 53% increase over four years.  It's not like 53%
    a year for four years" (Mike Bass, SCRIPPS HOWARD/CINCINNATI
    POST, 4/6).  "Contractually, the umpires may not stage sympathy
    strikes for the players, and vice versa" (Michael Bamberger,
    PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/6).
    

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  • BASEBALL BACK TO BUSINESS: SENATE ANTITRUST BILL REVIVED

         The Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on antitrust,
    business rights and competition approved a bill that would
    partially repeal baseball's antitrust exemption on a 4-0 voice
    vote.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Orrin Hatch:  "This is an
    aberration that government has created, and it is an aberration
    that government should fix."  Sen. Alan Simpson, who arrived
    after the vote, said he would introduce an amendment at the
    committee level to require owners to allow players to approve
    future commissioners, and to force the owners to remove
    restrictions placed on the commissioner after Fay Vincent's
    removal.  The amendment would also offer the owners the chance to
    ask the president to appoint the commissioner (AP/ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 4/6).
         MANAGEMENT SHAKE-UP:  The WASHINGTON POST reports that
    owners have decided to dismiss Chuck O'Connor as their lead labor
    attorney.  "It's not immediately clear who, if anyone, would
    replace O'Connor.  Several management people speculated today
    that the owners may even consider appointing a commissioner
    within the next few months."  Former Senate Majority Leader
    George Mitchell and former Democratic National Committee Chair
    Paul Kirk were listed as possible candidates (Mark Maske,
    WASHINGTON POST, 4/6).
         NO PLAN, NO GAIN:  Former Commissioner Vincent writes in an
    op-ed, "Lack of planning is endemic to baseball.  In 1990, the
    owners' labor lawyer told me that any fallback positions would be
    leaked by owners, so none could be discussed.  As a result,
    during the heat of negotiation, the owners are constantly dealing
    with problems on the run.  There is no careful war-gaming to
    develop countermoves in anticipation of obvious union thrusts.
    Meanwhile, the union plays for time, confident that eventually a
    legal mistake will give it the dispositive edge" (MIAMI HERALD,
    4/6).
    

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  • SENIOR PGA TOUR & SPONSORS DONATE OVER $5M TO CHARITY

         The Senior PGA Tour Sponsors Association and the PGA Tour
    announced a charitable donation of almost $6M from the '94
    season.  The contribution, the second highest ever for the Senior
    Tour, raises charitable donations from Senior PGA Tour events to
    over $30M for the past six years. The $5.9M raised by the Senior
    Tour lifted the PGA Tour's overall contribution to charity to
    $31.7M for 1994. (PGA Tour).
    

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