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  • GUTKOWSKI LOOKS BACK AT THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARENA

         Former MSG President Bob Gutkowski says power corrupted him
    and he thinks the same can be said for current and past MSG
    figures Pat Riley, Dave Checketts, Mike Keenan and Neil Smith,
    according to Steve Jacobson in NEWSDAY.  Jacobson writes of a
    recent lunch he had with Gutkowski when he quoted Shakespeare and
    noted: "All of us at a certain level start to have 'the disease
    of me.'"  On Pat Riley, Gutkowski said it was the "best time for
    Riley to go," but he criticized his exit "by fax."  Jacobson
    writes Gutkowski also "resented" Checketts' attempt to "bypass
    him" in the corporate structure.  Gutkowski also blames the sale
    of MSG to ITT/Cablevision for Keenan's exit.  Gutkowski: "If the
    Garden hadn't been up for sale, I believe I could have kept both
    (Keenan and Smith) to try to repeat" (NEWSDAY, 9/8).
    

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  • HAAS FAMILY LOOKS TO "PASS THE BATON" WITH SALE OF THE A'S

         "In an industry of butchered promises and renegotiated
    contracts and pitchers flipping fingers at fans, the Haases, like
    Ripken, seem to represent the last noble vestiges of a game gone
    bad.  They used sports the way it should be used: as a tool for
    empowering and enriching," writes Joan Ryan in today's SAN
    FRANCISCO CHRONICLE column.  Ryan notes that in a recent
    conversation with A's President Wally Haas, he said his father's
    illness was "weighing" on him and the family was ready to "pass
    the baton" with the A's.  Haas: "I don't want to make more of it
    than it is, because baseball is not curing anything.  It's not
    stopping crime.  But, right or wrong, it's a powerful presence,
    and I feel there is no ceiling to what you can do within a
    community with a sports franchise" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE,
    9/8).
    

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  • HERE WE GO AGAIN? CLOCK TICKING ON NJSEA/DEVILS PACT

         The Devils and NJSEA have a court-mandated September 15
    deadline to solidify a tentative agreement reached on July 13
    that would keep the team in NJ until 2007.  If the deadline
    passes, either the deal will fall apart, or the two sides can ask
    Superior Court Judge Peter Ciolino for an extension when they go
    before him next week.  The Devils didn't submit their proposal to
    NJSEA until last Friday and NJSEA didn't start reviewing it until
    Tuesday.  Michael Rowe, the exec in charge of Byrne Arena and
    Giants Stadium, said NJSEA attorneys have looked at the proposal,
    but declined to say if there are problems (AP/ESPNET, 9/8).
    

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