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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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