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TAYLOR TO FILE SUIT AGAINST TNT OVER NON-RENEWAL

     Lawrence Taylor, replaced as TNT's NFL analyst by former
Redskin Mark May, has filed suit against Turner Sports for breach
of the two-year contract he signed last September.  According to
Anthony Giampapa, Taylor's attorney, "when Taylor received
written notice of his release on March 3, it was two days after
the deadline that was agreed upon to void the final year."
Giampapa told the Bergen RECORD yesterday:  "There was no reason
given to him, and there was none given to us.  They never said he
could have done a  better job or anything like that."  While
Taylor is not seeking to return to TNT, Giampapa said Turner is
obligated to pay for the final year (Prentis Rogers, ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION, 8/4).  In New York, Phil Mushnick writes,
"Actually, judging from Taylor's nothing-to-add and ill-prepared
performances on TNT, this should be a class-action suit.  TNT
owes restitution to every viewer it subjected to Taylor's
broadcasting 'work'" (N.Y. POST, 8/4).
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