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              RICK WINSTON has left his position as Dir of PR at the
         NHLPA.  The NHLPA had no comment on a possible successor
         (THE DAILY)....The board of the NJ Sports & Exposition
         Authority voted unanimously to appoint DENNIS ROBINSON
         President/CEO of the body that runs the Meadowlands Sports
         complex, and other facilities in NJ (N.Y. TIMES, 3/21)....
         One-On-One Sports promoted CAROLYN PHILLIPS to VP Dir/
         Marketing.  Phillips will be in charge of all communication
         areas for the net and its O&Os (One-On-One Sports).

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              Actor KEN HOWARD, star of "The White Shadow" basketball
         series on CBS in the late '70s, will play the head of a
         sports agency in the LUKE PERRY pilot, "The Game," to air on
         Exec Producers of "Adventures with Kanga Roddy," an
         educational children's offered for syndication this year
         (N.Y. POST, 3/27)....CHRISTIA ALOU, the daughter of Expos
         manager FELIPE ALOU and sister of Astros OF MOISES ALOU, is
         looking to become a certified player agent.  But the MLPBA
         cites a previous ruling that says such a certification could
         create a conflict of interest.  Christia has asked that the
         policy be reversed.  A decision could come within a month
         (BASEBALL WEEKLY, 3/25 issue)...SAMMY SOSA purchased 320
         tickets for Miami school children for Tuesday's Cubs-Marlins
         Opening Day at Pro Player Park.  Sosa had promised to buy
         the tickets for the kids during his "Sammy Claus" seven-city
         holiday tour last December (THE DAILY)....Raptors G DOUG
         CHRISTIE has hired DWIGHT MANLEY as his new agent (TORONTO
         SUN, 3/26)....MUHAMMAD ALI was on Capitol Hill to "fight for
         more research money for Parkinson's Disease."  Dr. ABRAHAM
         LIEBERMAN, Ali's doctor and head of the Nat'l Parkinson
         Foundation: "He's not bitter, and he's not angry that he has
         Parkinson's Disease.  It is, he feels, something that God
         gave him" (CNBC, 3/26)....On CBS's "Late Show," stage
         manager BIFF HENDERSON filed a report from the Yankees'
         spring training camp.  Yankees players BERNIE WILLIAMS,
         JOE GIRARDI appeared in the piece (CBS, 3/26).

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              REGGIE WHITE "talked himself out of any chance he many
         have had of getting a job as a studio or game analyst" on
         CBS, according to Bob Wolfley of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
         SENTINEL. Wolfley said that White, who "spoke against
         homosexuality and stereotyped various races and ethnic
         groups," has "damaged, if not destroyed, his potential to be
         hired at other networks, as well" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/27). 
         CBS officials indicated that White "won't be considered for
         an NFL commentator's role." CBS Dir of Communications
         LESLIEANNE WADE: "CBS has a hard and fast policy against
         bias at all times. ... Anyone who violates the policy of the
         corporation cannot be an employee" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY,
         3/27).  NFL officials could not be reached for comment. 
         Packers Exec Dir of PR LEE REMMEL: "As an organization we
         have no comment on Reggie's appearance before the state
         legislature" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27).
              WHITE ON DEFENSE: In Milwaukee, Borsuk & Kissinger
         report that White's "only regret ... was that some people,
         especially many in the media, were focusing only on"
         specific comments.  White: "I don't regret anything I said.
         ... I'm not going to back off what I know God has put on my
         heart to share" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/27).  White appeared on
         the 6:30 ET edition of "SportsCenter" to discuss his
         comments.  White: "Everything I said, I said.  I'm not going
         to try to put anything in context."  White, on his comments
         about different races: "I don't see how in the world that
         [the comments] could have made or been presented as
         generalizations that criticized race.  Why would I want to
         criticize my own race? ... People are going to take offense
         to everything.  I stand by everything I said" (ESPN, 3/26). 
              REAX: A MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL editorial said, "In
         urging unity, White fanned disunity" (JOURNAL SENTINEL,
         3/27).  In DC, Jennifer Frey: "White sounded like a bigot,
         and he sounded like a hypocrite.  Mostly, though, he sounded
         like a fool. ... It would be hypocritical -- not to mention
         incredibly risky, in a public relations sense -- for CBS to
         hire White now" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27).  In Hartford, Jeff
         Jacobs said White "is allowed his stereotypes," and "CBS is
         allowed to exercise its right not to hire him as a football
         analyst" (HARTFORD COURANT, 3/27).  Human Rights Campaign
         Strategist DAVID SMITH: "Clearly Mr. White showed a great
         deal of disrespect to a number of groups -- not only gay
         Americans, but including gay Americans.  These are certainly
         not remarks you would expect to hear from a role model"
         (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27).  The story was reported on ABC's
         "World News Tonight."  WI Legislature State Rep DAVID
         TRAVIS: "Even though he's a great American hero, he said
         some things that were inappropriate" (ABC, 3/26).

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