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  • IS ROOKIE WAGE A BIGGER CONCERN TO NBA THAN OPENING CBA?

              In Philadelphia, Timothy Dwyer writes when NBA owners
         meet Monday in Texas, they "are supposed to talk about"
         reopening the CBA, but that "a more difficult matter" is
         correcting the rookie salary cap, "a mistake that, if
         allowed to continue, could crash the NBA economy."  Dwyer
         writes that the rookie cap and three-year guaranteed
         contract has caused "chaos in the league."  Dwyer: "[T]he
         owners must change that rule.  To save their game and their
         league.  Or else players with promise ... are going to drive
         the salary structures so high the league will collapse, one
         small-market team at a time" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/18).
    
    

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  • MCGUIRE PROPOSES BOARD SHAKE-UP ON WTA TOUR

              WTA Tour CEO Bart McGuire "has proposed major overhauls
         to the tour's board of directors," according to Robin Finn
         of the N.Y. TIMES.  The proposal would "not only give him a
         regular voting role on the 10-member board, but would also
         restructure the board to include three directors with
         business experience that is not directly related to tennis." 
         Finn reports McGuire is "seeking outsiders, specifically
         those with expertise" in TV and marketing to bring "balanced
         business judgment" to the tour.  Finn: "The current board
         has often been criticized for fiduciary conflict of
         interest."  Sources within the women's tour indicate that
         the proposed changes to the board have "the backing of the
         players, the International Tennis Federation and the [USTA]. 
         But support from tournament directors, "whose seats on the
         board would be trimmed, was less certain"(N.Y. TIMES, 3/18).
         
    

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  • MLB OWNERS MEETINGS, II: TWINS UPDATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

              Twins Owner Carl Pohlad will continue to work on
         finalizing a deal to sell the team to NC businessman Don
         Beaver, according to Neal & Hartman of the Minneapolis STAR
         TRIBUNE.  Pohlad, Twins President Jerry Bell and financial
         consultant Bob Starkey yesterday updated MLB's Executive
         Committee on their progress.  Interim MLB Commissioner Bud
         Selig said that selling the Twins to a new local owner
         "would be fruitless."  Selig: "You change one face for
         another, what does that do?  That club can't survive there
         without a new stadium.  That's all there is to it.  It can't
         generate revenue to survive."  Bell said the team "will not
         wait" for the MN Legislature to come up with funding for a
         new stadium.   Pohlad and Beaver have until March 31 to
         complete their sales agreement, but they "could opt to
         extend the deadline" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/18).
              STRANGE BREW: In addition to the Dodgers sale, the MLB
         Executive Council tomorrow will vote on the sale of the Blue
         Jays to Interbrew, according to Elliott & Zeisberger of the
         TORONTO SUN.  Although the Belgian brewer purchased the team
         in '95, Interbrew never sought approval "because it intended
         to be only an interim owner" (TORONTO SUN, 3/18).
              LONE STAR: Bud Selig said the sale of the Rangers to
         Tom Hicks "would not be discussed at this week's" meetings,
         according to Ken Daley of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Selig
         said that "approval is likely" at the next owners meetings,
         June 9-11 in Seattle (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/18).
              THE COMMISH: Rockies Owner Jerry McMorris said that
         MLB's search for a permanent commissioner "will be completed
         before June's owners meetings," according to Hal Bodley of
         USA TODAY.  McMorris said that "there's a group of about
         five outstanding candidates -- more than five."  Names of
         potential candidates were not released (USA TODAY, 3/18). 
         Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner "is imploring" Selig "to
         stop pretending."  Steinbrenner: "I'm for getting Bud Selig
         to accept the job as the chairman of baseball, with Paul
         Beeston as the president and chief operating officer, and
         letting it go like that" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/18).
    
    

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  • MLB OWNERS MEETINGS: TURNER IN TOWN TO VOTE ON DODGERS

              MLB owners began their three-day quarterly meetings
         yesterday in St. Petersburg, FL.  In N.Y., Murray Chass
         writes that Braves Owner Ted Turner plans to make a "rare
         appearance" at the meetings on Thursday "to try to block"
         Rupert Murdoch's bid to purchase the Dodgers.  A lawyer,
         familiar with Turner's plans: "He's going to try to keep
         Rupert out; that's why he's going."  Turner, who has not
         attended an owners meeting in nine years, will miss a Time
         Warner board of directors meeting the same day (N.Y. TIMES,
         3/18).  One MLB Owner, on Turner's appearance: "Ted is going
         to try and twist some arms, but there's not more than three
         [NL] clubs against it."  In L.A., Ross Newhan identified the
         three clubs as the Braves, Padres and Giants (L.A. TIMES,
         3/18).  The AP's Ronald Blum said that Turner's decision to
         attend was the "biggest news" of Wednesday's 4 1/2-hour
         council session (AP/DETROIT NEWS, 3/18).
              REAX: League owners will vote on the sale of the
         Dodgers to Murdoch on Thursday. In L.A., Newhan wrote that
         MLB officials continue "to endorse Dodger owner Peter
         O'Malley's contention that the sale will be approved. Some
         said that only the [Padres] and/or the Padres and [Braves]
         may vote against it, but some hedged their forecasts."  A
         top MLB official, on Thursday's vote: "It's very close. 
         Nothing is ever easy, but I'm hopeful (it will be approved)"
         (L.A. TIMES, 3/17).  Ray Richmond of DAILY VARIETY wrote
         under the header, "Rupe Deal In the Clear: No Major
         Opposition Expected In Dodgers Vote."  Richmond reports that
         while "pockets of resistance ... clearly exist," no
         "significant opposition appears to exist that would block
         the deal in the 11th hour" (DAILY VARIETY, 3/18).  In San
         Diego, Tom Cushman wrote that given Murdoch's history, if
         the sale is approved, MLB owners will "have tossed gasoline
         on a house already in flames. ... If baseball welcomes him,
         it deserves him" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/17).  
    
    

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