SBD/14/Sports Industrialists

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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

         TROY MILLER, former Marketing Supervisor at Starter
    Sportswear, has been named Dir of Sports Sales for the RCA Dome
    (THE DAILY)....BRYAN SPERBER has joined Int'l Speedway Corp as
    Dir of Sponsorships and Promotions (NASCAR NEWS, 6/5)....Former
    Islander BRYAN TROTTIER has been named Senior VP Community
    Relations and Business Development for the RHI Long Island Jawz
    (NEWSDAY, 6/14).
    

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  • MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OWNERS, ATTORNEYS NOSH AND CHAT

         The DC Bar hosted a brown bag lunch yesterday entitled
    "Behind Home Plate:  The Rise of Minor League Baseball in the
    Washington Area."  Panelists included:  NAPBL VP and Brand,
    Lowell & Ryan attorney STANLEY BRAND; MLB and Morgan, Lewis &
    Bockius attorney FRANK CASEY; MD Baseball Limited Partnership
    Chair PETER KIRK; and Prince William Cannons Owner & President
    ART SILBER.  Washington Post Minor League Baseball Editor ROBERT
    FACHET moderated the event.  Topics of discussion ranged from the
    symbiotic relationship between minor league baseball franchises
    and their MLB affiliates to why baseball has "insulated itself
    from scandal" with regard to youngsters playing pro ball directly
    out of high school.
         HIGHLIGHTS: Silber noted minor league baseball is on a
    "tremendous growth trend" because of new state-of-the-art
    facilities, a high quality of play and the realization that the
    game needs to be marketed as a night of "total family
    entertainment" -- a business with "70 shows a year."  Casey
    reviewed principal points of negotiation for the current
    Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), which expires in '97.  He
    also predicted that the "continued escalation in cost of
    obtaining players" will be a major element in negotiations.
    Insisting that MLB and minor league baseball do not compete for
    the same fans, Kirk discussed the perceived threat to established
    minor league franchises presented by newly awarded or relocated
    MLB clubs.  Noting the effect a potential Northern VA MLB club
    could have on minor league teams in MD and VA, Kirk said, "If I
    owned a Major League team, I would want as many minor league
    teams around me as possible."  Brand noted the limited amount of
    franchise movement on the minor league level, stating baseball's
    antitrust exemption should be kept as a "necessary" means of
    "stabilizing" teams and "commitments" in communities (THE DAILY).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         SHAQUILLE O'NEAL has reportedly bought a house in Manhattan
    Beach, CA (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/14)...Rams first round draft pick
    LAWRENCE PHILLIPS, who is already on probation for assaulting a
    former girlfriend, was arrested for drunken driving in CA (ST.
    LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 6/14). ...T-Wolves G ISAIAH RIDER was
    released from jail when police dropped charges that he raped a
    drugged women (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/14).
    

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