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              Albert Belle's agent, Arn Tellem, said the White Sox OF
         will face no sanctions from an investigation into his
         gambling habits, according to Phil Rogers of the CHICAGO
         TRIBUNE.  Tellem: "Nothing is going to happen.  Absolutely
         nothing.  This is a non-issue."  MLBPA Associate General
         Counsel Gene Orza told Tellem that Belle "neither can be
         suspended nor placed on probation for admitting losses" up
         to $40,000 during a deposition. Indians GM John Hart said
         yesterday he was "cautioned" about Belle's gambling last
         March by MLB security.  Tellem would not confirm there was
         an investigation last spring, but said that Belle's recent
         admission "did not come as a surprise" to MLB officials
         (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/14).  MLB said that Belle was not the
         focus of any investigation but that it would look into the
         matter (USA TODAY, 2/14).  MLB Dir of PR Rich Levin: "We
         will look into this situation as we do a lot of things.  But
         no decision has been made" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/14).

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              NASCAR members in Daytona Beach held a news conference
         announcing the sport is "backing a drive to increase
         awareness" of leukemia and "encourage people to become part
         of the national bone marrow donor program," according to
         Sandra McKee of the Baltimore SUN.  The move is in support
         of Winston Cup Owner Rick Hendrick, who was diagnosed with
         chronic myelogenous leukemia in November (Baltimore SUN,
         2/14).   The announcement was made by NASCAR President Bill
         France Jr., Winston Cup team owners Joe Gibbs, Felix
         Sabates, Roger Penske and drivers, including Jeff Gordon,
         Terry Labonte and Dale Earnhardt (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/14).
              DAYTONA NOTEBOOK: Bill France, Jr. is profiled by Blake
         Fontenay of the ORLANDO SENTINEL.  France, finishing his
         25th year as NASCAR's President, is credited "with helping
         to transform stock-car racing from a mostly Southern pastime
         to a sport with national appeal" (ORLANDO SENTINEL,
         2/14)....Among Daytona souvenirs, a basic Daytona
         windbreaker runs $59.99, a "lightly lined" Dale Earnhardt
         jacket for $139.99 and a wool-and-leather Jeff Gordon jacket
         for $299.99 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/14)....The Daytona NEWS-
         JOURNAL examines corporate hospitality at the 500.  DIS has
         38 corporate suites and companies are paying $40,000-120,000
         to rent suites for Speedweeks (Daytona NEWS-JOURNAL, 2/14).

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              In Toronto, Gary Picknell notes the NFL is "still
         interested in helping the CFL," and "the possibility remains
         of a marketing and financial link" between the leagues. 
         Picknell notes among ideas "tossed around" have allowing
         U.S. corporate advertising in CFL stadiums, and selling NFL
         merchandise at CFL games (TORONTO SUN, 2/13)....U.S. figure
         skating is profiled in this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL by
         Alexandra Peers, who notes the sport "is sure to be the
         centerpiece of CBS's Olympic coverage and figure skating is
         the darling of nearly two-dozen corporate sponsors pumping
         millions of dollars into both professional and pre-Olympic
         events" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/14)....All-American Football
         League co-Founder John Ritchie said he hopes for a first
         year 5.5-6.0 TV rating for the league, which begins play in
         March '98.  There will be two national and four regional TV
         games each weekend, with a Monday night game a "possibility"
         (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/13)....ESPN's David Aldridge, on the IRS
         investigation of NBA referees: "Expect at least two more
         referees to be indicted as part of the ongoing IRS
         investigation. ... Most of the other referees agreed to pay
         back taxes and penalties on the unreported income they
         received" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 2/13).

    Print | Tags: CBS, CFL, ESPN, Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA, NFL, Viacom, Walt Disney

              The MLS Players Association filed an anti-trust suit 
         against the league under the names of ten players, one from
         each team, yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston,
         according to Dan Giesin in the S.F. CHRONICLE.  The suit
         challenges what the players "charge are illegal restrictions
         imposed by the league," including a salary cap and MLS'
         single-entity system, which the suit calls a "sham, designed
         to suppress players salaries" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/14). 

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              Thirteen members of the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic
         Women's Soccer Team have agreed to play in the National
         Soccer Alliance, the first ever professional women's soccer
         league in the U.S.  Plans for the league will be announced
         Saturday at the SGMA Supershow in Atlanta.  The NSA, which
         will conduct a multi-city "barnstorming tour" this fall, has
         named former WA Governor Booth Gardner as its first
         commissioner (NSA).  MD-based sports attorney Ellen Zavian
         will represent the players for its players association (THE
         DAILY).  Talks have been held with potential sponsors,
         including Nike and Reebok.  The league, which will begin in
         '98, is contemplating eight teams and a top salary of about
         $30,000 (Jerry Langdon, USA TODAY, 2/14). 

    Print | Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Nike, Reebok, SGMA
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