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              Doral-Ryder Open tournament officials "have not capped
         ticket sales, but they're considering it," due to the
         participation of Tiger Woods, according to Randall Mell of
         the Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL.  The event was expected to
         attract more than 100,000 fans for the week without Woods,
         but his presence has "driven up attendance by as much as
         40,000 at other events."  The GTE Byron Nelson Classic and
         the MasterCard Colonial both closed their gates with
         sellouts when Woods played last summer (SUN-SENTINEL, 3/3).
         ...The Visitors Bureau of Greater Kansas City is expecting
         27,000 fans -- about 70% from out of town -- at this week's
         Big 12 men's and women's basketball tournaments.  Execs
         expect the combined spending to top $18M (K.C. STAR, 3/3).

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              Filmmaker Michael Moore's documentary "The Big One,"
         which features a segment on Nike, debuts this April, and
         Moore claims that Nike Dir of Communications Lee Weinstein
         "invited him to breakfast and asked, 'What would we have to
         do to remove a couple of scenes from the movie?,'" according
         to Jeff Gordinier of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.  Moore: "I didn't
         know what he meant.  Is he offering me money?  Or, like free
         shoes for life?  I just stopped him and said, 'There's
         nothing you can do to remove those scenes.'"  Nike
         spokesperson Vada Manager "confirms" that Weinstein met with
         Moore but says that the story "is just untrue."  Manager:
         "It was actually Moore himself who offered to change the
         ending if Nike built a shoe factory in Flint [MI]."  Moore
         said that Miramax, producers of "The Big One," and Nike had
         discussions on a possible cross-promo for the studio's
         upcoming film, "The Mighty," but negotiations "crumbled." 
         Moore: "It is believed by some people at Miramax that (it's)
         retaliation for their distributing The Big One" (EW, 3/6). 

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