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  • AN OLYMPIC-SIZED CIVIL WAR BREWING WITHIN THE USOC?

         The October 27 quadrennial election of USOC officers and
    public sector members in Indianapolis, has produced not only
    contests for nearly every position, "but also a year's worth of
    charges and countercharges," according to Philip Hersh in the
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE.  Some in the USOC see this as a "healthy example
    of democracy at work," but others wonder if it will harm the
    USOC, "whose funding depends to considerable extent on its image
    as a guardian to the athletic talents of young U.S. men and
    women."  Most of the controversy centers on the contest between
    William Hybl and Michael Lenard for president.  USOC Exec
    Committee Member Marty Mankamyer, who claims to be Lenard's
    campaign manager, accuses Hybl of trying to win the election via
    grants from his CO-based El Pomar Foundation.  Hybl's supporters
    "suggest" Lenard's campaign is "manipulated" by Turner Sports
    President Harvey Schiller, for "apparent purposes of rebuilding
    his power base within" the USOC.
         FROM THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR: The "cumbersome task" of merging
    the winner's ideas with the daily operations of the USOC will
    belong to USOC Exec Dir Dick Schultz.  Hersh notes "some fence-
    mending already was necessary" after a recent unattributed story
    in the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph suggested that Schiller
    was using Lenard's campaign as a "springboard back to Schultz's
    job."  Both Schiller and Lenard called Schultz to deny and
    apologize about the story and "express their support" for
    Schultz.  Hersh notes that Schiller did write a confidential
    letter to Nominating Chair Dwight Bell on Turner Sports
    letterhead endorsing Lenard.  Schiller denied any "conflict" with
    the letter adding, "It should not have any implied consent of the
    company."  But outgoing USOC President Dr. LeRoy Walker said, "I
    am concerned about that letter.  It is questionable in the minds
    of many people because of our business relationships with Turner"
    (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/16).
    

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  • NOT JUST FOR KICKS: U.S. STARTERS HOLD OUT IN MONEY DISPUTE

         The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team is in "turmoil,"
    according to Grahame Jones of the L.A. TIMES, because starting
    players are holding out in a dispute over the amount of bonus
    money paid to players for national team appearances.
    Negotiations between the U.S. Soccer Federation and its players,
    via their agents, "are at an apparent impasse, with neither side
    willing to budge."  In a statement issued last Friday, the
    federation said "the time for negotiating is over."  The USSF
    then named a 21-player team made up of second-and third-string
    players to travel to Peru for warmup game before World Cup
    qualifying games begin November 3.  The USSF statement added that
    agents have "rejected our efforts which would have produced
    national team soccer players who would have been among the most
    highly compensated in the world" (L.A. TIMES, 10/16).
    

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