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  • AGENTS OF CHANGE: DAVID FALK AND BOBBY ORR PROFILED

              FAME'S DAVID FALK is interviewed in the WASHINGTON POST
         and discusses a number of subjects, saying that in the last
         four months MICHAEL JORDAN has turned down $300M worth of
         new deals.  Falk: "Basketball -- and a little bit because of
         Michael's influence -- has become like a hybrid sport.  It's
         really not a team sport anymore. ... [I]t's become a
         scenario where the star player or two on a team have
         transcended the boundaries of what it used to be."  Falk
         also talks of his relationship with Wizards Owner ABE
         POLLIN: "I would like to represent the whole team because
         it's where I live.  And amazingly, he doesn't either agree
         or visualize that we should be partners in bringing great
         basketball to Washington.  ... (The relationship) is really
         very, very frustrating" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/23).  
              READY ORR NOT? A CANADIAN PRESS report states that the
         signing of hockey adolescents, the "latest trend in the
         world of recruiting has sparked a fierce debate in the
         hockey world.  The question is: when does a player need
         representation?  How young is too young?"  The report
         profiles agent BOBBY ORR whose Woolf Associates "is one of
         the most aggressive" in signing teen talent."  Maple Leafs
         President KEN DRYDEN: "I don't think it is any good for the
         kids because I think what happens is you start to imagine
         you are farther ahead than you are" (CP/EDM. JOURNAL, 3/23).
         
    

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  • CASEY MARTIN'S SAYS HE HAS NO PROBLEM BEING A "ROLE MODEL"

              CASEY MARTIN was profiled on NBC's "Dateline," and
         Stone Phillips said Martin "knows the world is watching, and
         not just the golf world.  As he chases his dream .... he's
         come to understand that he's not just out there for himself
         -- he's out there for others with hopes and dreams just like
         his."  Martin, "I'd like to be a role model.  I'd like to do
         a good job, and give kids that maybe are struggling, give
         them some hope and say, 'Hey, it's possible' for them. 
         That's the PGA Tour's motto -- anything's possible.  I'd
         like to carry that banner" ("Dateline," NBC, 3/22).
    
    

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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              ABL Rage GM CATHY ANDRUZZI will be leaving the team to
         pursue other opportunities (ABL)....N.Y.-based WorldLink
         East, a direct response TV sales company, named SUE
         ABRUZZESE-THORMAN Dir of Business Development, GINNY MALLEY
         Sales Manager and CHRISTINE TSAGAROUDAS and ARELIS TORRES as
         Account Executives.  Abruzzese-Thorman was former VP/Program
         Sales at Fox Sports Net (WorldLink East)....NFL Oilers Media
         Relations Dir DAVE PEARSON resigned to become Dir of PR for
         the Seahawks (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/21). 
    
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

              In Detroit, Jo-Ann Barnas writes that "Edge of Glory,"
         a new book by CHRISTINE BRENNAN that takes a behind-the-
         scenes look at figure skaters in the year leading up to the
         '98 Winter Games, "reveals some unflattering moments" of
         TARA LIPINSKI's Olympic quest "and portrays her camp in
         constant disarray."  Lipinski's agent MIKE BURG: "I have no
         comment on the book.  I wouldn't justify a gossip book on
         skating, which is what it is."  In other news, the Lipinskis
         have hired PAT KINGSLEY to be Tara's press agent.  L.A.-
         based Kingsley handles publicity for SHARON STONE, MERYL
         STREEP and SEAN PENN (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 3/23)....The
         Golden Raspberry Foundation voted DENNIS RODMAN worst
         supporting actor, worst screen couple (with JEAN-CLAUDE VAN
         DAMME) and worst new star for his role in "Double Team"
         (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/23)....JUSTIN LEONARD was featured in
         the N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE's "MEN'S FASHION OF THE TIMES" under
         the sub-head, "At 25, Justin Leonard is poised to win and
         helping to change golf's reputation as the world's worst-
         dressed sport" (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 3/22).
     
    

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