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         Indians OF Albert Belle's appeal hearing in New York will
    not be completed until today because after 5 1/2 hours of
    testimony and presenting evidence, the defense had not rested its
    case, according to Sheldon Ocker of the Akron BEACON JOURNAL.
    Belle is appealing a five-game suspension for his role in a May
    31 incident against the Brewers.  Participants and/or spectators
    at the hearing: MLPBA Exec Dir Don Fehr; Assistant General
    Counsel Gene Orza and his assistants Mark Belanger and Tony
    Bernazard; Indians Owner Dick Jacobs; GM John Hart; Manager Mike
    Hargrove; and Belle's agent, Arn Tellem.  Ocker writes that
    attending an appeals hearing was a first for Fehr, "who usually
    allows Orza to handle such assignments on his own" (Akron BEACON
    JOURNAL, 6/14).  MLB is not expected to hand down a ruling until
    next week.  Belle refused comment but did speak with filmaker
    Spike Lee who was at Yankee Stadium to film a piece on Belle for
    HBO's "Real Sports" (Jim Salisbury, N.Y. POST, 6/14).  Akron
    BEACON JOURNAL columnist Terry Pluto writes MLB should reduce the
    suspension and insist Belle stick with his counseling: "If they
    really want to help Belle, that is what must be done" (Akron
    BEACON JOURNAL, 6/14).

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         NL President Leonard Coleman said he plans to meet with Reds
    Owner Marge Schott early next week to begin selecting a managing
    executive to run the team, according to Hal Bodley of USA TODAY.
    Coleman and Schott are to find an agreed upon successor within 60
    days as part of the deal in which Schott gave up control of the
    team through the '98 season.  Pirates President Mark Sauer,
    former Angels President Richard Brown and Dick Wagner, former
    President and GM of the Reds and Astros, are all mentioned as
    candidates (USA TODAY, 6/13).  Interim CEO John Allen said
    yesterday, "One thing I will make clear and it's been made very
    clear to me, I'm not a puppet here.  I will be making some
    decisions and there will be some changes made" ("SportsCenter,"
    ESPN, 6/13).  Allen said he will run more promotions and try to
    increase attendance at Riverfront Stadium.  He wants to "liven up
    the music played during games, possibly reduce ticket prices" and
    put up banners acknowledging the Reds World Championships.
    Allen: "We have no recognition that we won a World Series"
         SPIN WHEEL:  More media reaction on the deal between MLB and
    Schott. In Cleveland, Bud Shaw writes Schott should have only
    given up control of the Reds "if the fake commissioner can say
    (without his nose growing) that she has hurt the game worse the
    canceling the World Series did" (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 6/13).
    In Hartford, Dennis Horgan writes MLB owners "have managed to
    beat up this pathetic women, a dolt by common acclaim.  After
    making a terrible mess of the best sport ... they can now swagger
    around in hollow bravado" (HARTFORD COURANT, 6/14).  In St.
    Louis, Bernie Miklasz notes that "everyone involved" in the
    Schott matter "behaved poorly," from Schott, owners, media, and
    Acting Commissioner Bud Selig.  Miklasz writes Selig "shows no
    strength in confronting baseball's major problems" (ST. LOUIS
    POST- DISPATCH, 6/14).  But in DC, Thomas Boswell notes Selig
    "finally did something right."  Boswell: "The game's owners,
    through their Executive Council, were not attacking Schott's free
    speech.  They were defending their own legitimate self-interests"
    (WASHINGTON POST, 6/14).

    Print | Tags: LA Angels, Anheuser Busch, Cincinnati Reds, ESPN, Houston Astros, Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates, Walt Disney

         Sonics Player Rep Frank Brickowski took a shot at agents
    David Falk and Jeffrey Kessler when he called the possibility of
    an NBA lockout on July 1 "discouraging."  Brickowski: "Falk and
    Kessler have their own agenda, and I'm not entirely sure that
    agenda is for the players as a whole. The biggest hurdle for the
    players is the lack of concern.  We have the undivided attention
    of those who are going to be free agents and that's it" (USA
    TODAY, 6/14)....Bill Wallen, a Philadelphia labor attorney, has
    been retained by the newly formed Professional Football Coaches
    Association as an adviser and counsel for the group (PHILADELPHIA
    DAILY NEWS, 6/13)...Last weekend's Oscar De La Hoya-Julio Cesar
    Chavez fight at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas was the largest
    grossing non-heavyweight fight in state history with a gross gate
    of $7,579,100 on ticket sales of 14,738 (USA TODAY, 6/14)....More
    than 55,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday's World Cup soccer
    doubleheader at the Rose Bowl and a sellout of more than 90,000
    is expected.  The U.S. plays Mexico at 12:30 followed by MLS'
    L.A. Galaxy against the Tampa Bay Mutiny (L.A. TIMES, 6/14).

    Print | Tags: AEG, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS, NBA
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