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Published March 11, 1998
SPREE TO BE YOU & ME: NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter, asked if he could have helped Latrell Sprewell better prepare for his recent media appearances: "I would have probably -- hopefully -- better prepared him. I would have probably been a little more selective in terms of what shows I permitted him to go on." The tour was scheduled by Sprewell's agent, Arm Tellem. Hunter, meanwhile, "distanced himself -- and the union -- from the interviews." Hunter: "It probably doesn't play too well with some people" (BLOOMBERG/PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 3/11)....Sprewell, on whether he feels a weight has been lifted from him since the ruling: "I'm starting to feel that as I can get out and tell people what really happened" ("Inside the NBA," TNT, 3/10). NOTES: Pilot Pen CEO Mike Davies is "seeking a four- or five-year lease with an option for another five years" from the USTA to bring the U.S. Women's Hardcourt Championship to New Haven, CT. In Hartford, Greg Garber reports that if a deal is reached, Davies' organization "is prepared to piggyback local advertising for the women's event" with the men's Pilot Pen tournament (HARTFORD COURANT, 3/11)....Also in Hartford, Jerry Trecker previews the upcoming MLS season, and writes that the league "faces a continuing battle to gain acceptance beyond the already committed fans." Trecker reports that the '98 season will open with "some positives," including two new teams and a "better television package," which includes games on ABC, ESPN, Univision and regional sports nets. Trecker adds that "sponsor interest remains high, too, suggesting the business world has more confidence in" the sport, but that "in the meantime, a low profile is still the operative mode for MLS" (HARTFORD COURANT, 3/11).