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              TY VOTAW, special assistant to the Commissioner/General
         Counsel, has been promoted to VP/Business Affairs for the
         LPGA.  Votaw will handle all business deals, including
         sponsorships and TV rights negotiations (LPGA)....USA
         Baseball promoted PAUL SEILER to Dir of National Team
         Baseball Operations.  He was Special Projects Manager since
         '88 (USA Baseball)....The Coyotes named DAVE SMREK as Dir of
         Ticket Sales.  Smrek has been with the Canucks, Grizzlies,
         Nuggets and Avalanche.  The team also promoted STACI
         GREVILLIUS to Manager of Fan Development (Coyotes). 

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              EAGLESON PLEADS: ALAN EAGLESON, founder and former Dir
         of the NHLPA, "pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud
         for his role in elaborate, illegal schemes that bilked huge
         sums of money from the players he had pledged to serve." 
         The plea arrangement calls for Eagleson to be imprisoned for
         18 months in Canada, and for him to pay back C$1M to the
         players he stole from.  Much of that money will be held in
         trust to benefit past and present NHL players (Zachary
         Dowdy, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/7).  ESPN's Bob Ley reported that
         Eagleson, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame will be asked
         "to resign from the Hall, and that would be a first for the
         Hall of Fame of any major sport" ("SportsCenter," 1/6).
              OTHER NAMES: Twentieth Century Fox Film Division Chair
         TOM SHERAK, on HOWIE LONG, who stars in "Firestorm," which
         opens Friday: "Hollywood has a need for the next big action
         star.  Howie brings to the party likability, [plus] he's
         big, strapping and good looking" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/7).
         ...Cowboys FB DARYL JOHNSTON, on Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES:
         "He gives us every opportunity to be successful, [but] one
         of the things I think he has to be careful about with what
         he's doing right now, is scaring a coach away because of the
         involvement that he wants to have with the football team"
         ("Up Close," ESPN, 1/6)....BOBBY KNIGHT, on DENNIS RODMAN:
         "I have great admiration for what Rodman has done in a
         capitalistic society. ... In the process, I think Rodman, if
         he's as intelligent as people have told me he is, would be
         genuinely upset with himself at the influence, negatively,
         that he's probably had on a lot of kids" ("SportsCenter,"
         ESPN, 1/6)....Devils LW REID SIMPSON and D SHELDON SOURAY,
         along with Islanders D BRYAN BERARD and D BRYAN MCCABE, are
         featured in this month's issue of GQ in a hair styling piece
         titled "No Helmet Required" (GQ, 1/98 issue)....The RED
         WINGS will visit the White House on January 30 where they
         will be honored for winning last year's Stanley Cup (DETROIT
         NEWS, 1/7)....BILL LAIMBEER, "touted by Michigan Republicans
         as a possible candidate for Congress," said that he "has no
         interest in politics" (DETROIT NEWS, 1/7).

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              BASEBALL AMERICA lists its annual "25 Most Influential"
         people in baseball (BASEBALL AMERICA, 1/19): 
    RANK NAME                       POSITION/ORGANIZATION
    1)   Don Fehr                   Exec Dir, MLBPA
    2)   Bud Selig                  Acting Commissioner/CEO, Brewers 
    3)   Paul Beeston               President & COO, MLB
    4)   Rupert Murdoch             Chair & CEO; News Corp.
    5)   Jerry Reinsdorf            Chair, White Sox
    6)   Ken Griffey Jr.            OF, Mariners
    7)   Jerry McMorris             Chair, Rockies
    8)   Jerry Colangelo            Managing General Parnter, D'Backs
    9)   Scott Boras                Agent
    10)  Ted Turner                 Owner, Braves 
                                    Vice-Chair, Time Warner 
    11)  Steve Bornstein            President & CEO, ABC Sports/ESPN
    12)  Randy Levine               Players Relations Committee, MLB
    13)  Dick Ebersol               President, NBC Sports
    14)  John Hart                  GM, Indians
    15)  Alan & Randy Hendricks     Agents
    16)  George Steinbrenner        Owner, Yankees
    17)  Ron Shapiro                Agent
    18)  John Harrington            CEO, Red Sox
    19)  Tony Tavares               President, Anaheim Sports
    20)  Jim Bronner/Bob Gilhooley  Agents
    21)  Gene Orza                  Assistant General Counsel, MLBPA
    22)  Peter Gammons              Boston Globe/ESPN analyst
    23)  Tom Reich                  Agent
    24)  Peter Angelos              Owner, Orioles
    25)  Pedro Martinez             P, Red Sox

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