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         ESPN's John Kernan reports that Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    President & CEO Tony George's comments last week that CART has 30
    days to stop using the IndyCar name "appear to have ended any
    possibility of a compromise that would bring the CART teams to
    Indianapolis."  George:  "I've heard [CART President] Andrew
    Craig say it's too late for '96, but let's talk about '97.  Once
    we make our decision to go our separate ways and have competing
    races on Memorial Day weekend, I think that in and of itself puts
    some finality to all of this" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 3/25).
    Mario Andretti, a critic of George and the IRL, noted the likely
    economic losses in Indianapolis this year.  Andretti said Texaco,
    which won't be at Indy this year, spent $482,000 on hotel rooms,
    plane fare and hospitality at last year's race (Bill Fleischman,

    Print | Tags: ESPN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Walt Disney

         Agent Bill Strickland denied NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ
    Granik's recent comments that the CBA with players was "98 to 99
    percent written" before new NBPA negotiators slowed down the
    process.  Strickland, who called the league's lawsuit against the
    union and six key agents "ridiculous":  "As we all know, things
    that are agreed to verbally don't always work out the same way
    when two sides try to sit down and write the agreement. ... It's
    just that the players are taking a firm stance in how things are
    traded off" (Frank Hughes, WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/26)....The AHL has
    surpassed the 3 million mark in league attendance for the second
    straight year and is on pace to break last year's record
    (AHL)....Following low attendance and player complaints, the
    Senior PGA Tour is weighing a move of the Liberty Mutual Legends
    of Golf from PGA West in La Quinta, CA, to FL -- possibly as soon
    as '97 (USA TODAY, 3/26).

    Print | Tags: AHL, Cablevision, Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA, New York Liberty, PGA Tour

         Cubs President & CEO Andy MacPhail has become the unofficial
    spokesperson on the issue of granting the players service time
    for the '94-95 strike, and his message is:  "The game will be
    shut down again before the players union gets service time for
    days it was on strike."  MacPhail, who offered to become a point
    man on the issue at last week's owners' meetings in Phoenix:
    "They didn't play.  There was no revenue generated, the game
    suffered considerably because of the strike. ... They are not
    entitled to it.  The fact they got it in '81 is idiotic.  If
    anyone is holding on to expectations that (they deserve it
    because of past years), I would like to hear a rational
    explanation for it."  One reason MacPhail is speaking out is
    because service time is not an "official negotiating subject,"
    and neither MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr nor MLB spokespersons are
    able to comment on the matter.  MacPhail, on the chances for
    compromise:  "Zero" (Dave Van Dyk, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/26).
         BRIGHTER SIDE:  In the new issue of GQ, Peter Richmond
    examines the state of baseball through the eyes of Ken Griffey
    Jr., Buck O'Neill, Ernie Banks and Mike Veeck.  Richmond writes,
    "If baseball really wants to promote itself, it should freeze Ken
    Griffey's expression when he's talking about his games.  Any of
    his games.  And plaster it on billboards" (GQ, 4/96 issue).

    Print | Tags: Chicago Cubs, Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB
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