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         Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said a vote on revenue-
    sharing is possible when MLB owners meet this week in Phoenix,
    and added that -- if approved -- a plan could take effect this
    season (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 3/19).       OLD-TIMERS SUE:
    A group of retired players sued MLB, "saying they are being
    cheated out of royalties from sales of baseball cards, films and
    other memorabilia."  Two suits filed in Oakland by 82-year-old
    Pete Coscarat represent more than 800 retirees and heirs (USA
    TODAY, 3/19).

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         The NBA's lawsuit against the NBPA and six top agents "is a
    direct response to the unsettled state of the union," according
    to David Moore of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  When Simon Gourdine
    was ousted as Exec Dir in January, Jeffrey Kessler, one of the
    leaders of last summer's decertification fight, was retained to
    represent the union in final CBA negotiations.  NBA Deputy
    Commissioner Russ Granik says, when Kessler was brought on, "98
    to 99 percent of the contract's wording had been completed."
    But, according to Granik, in their first meeting with Kessler he
    said "they wanted to start over."  Granik:  "Just because we
    changed negotiators, we felt that gave them no right to back out
    on portions of the deal."  The players have decided to hire a
    head-hunting firm to find a new Exec Dir, but they "haven't been
    able to agree on what firm should be hired."  Until the players
    make a hire, "it's difficult to imagine the league and union
    reaching an accord" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/19).

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         The NFL announced yesterday Super Bowl XXXIII, originally
    scheduled to be held in San Francisco, will be held elsewhere,
    according to the S.F. CHRONICLE.  The city will still host a
    Super Bowl, but when that will happen "is still up in the air."
    After a weekend meeting with Mayor Willie Brown, 49ers President
    Carmen Policy and S.F. Convention and Visitors Bureau President
    John Marks, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue agreed to let San
    Francisco host the Super Bowl a year after a new stadium is
    built.  The NFL says, ideally, the game would be played in 2001
    or 2002.  Brown and the 49ers are negotiating how to finance a
    new stadium.  Some sources say an announcement could come this
    week, others say longer (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/19).  The NFL is
    expected to address the 2001 and 2002 Super Bowls at its annual
    meeting in October.  Finalists for '99 and 2000: Atlanta,
    Arizona, L.A., South FL and Tampa (Clark Judge, SAN JOSE MERCURY
    NEWS, 3/19).  Vikings President Roger Headrick says there is a
    good chance the Metrodome could be the site of the 2002 Super
    Bowl if the Twins get a new baseball-only stadium (Minneapolis
    STAR-TRIBUNE, 3/17).

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