SBD/3/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          USA TODAY's Hal Bodley reports that early calculations
     and winter rosters have the Orioles with MLB's highest
     payroll at $71,538,134, followed by the Yankees, at
     $71,255,598; Braves, $60,885,000; Indians, $58,533,499 and
     Rangers, $54,780,095.  Early projections have the Expos with
     the lowest payroll at $6,542,500 and the Pirates at
     $11,904,000.  Payroll totals will change by opening day when
     teams get down to the 25-player limit (USA TODAY, 3/3).
          JACKSON'S VIBE: Bulls Coach Phil Jackson, on whether
     the NBA should test for marijuana: "If it's illegal, I think
     that you've got to deal with it. If it's a law then you have
     to deal with the laws.  And I think that's testing for it." 
     More Jackson: "But the key to this is: What is it going to
     do?  Is it going to curtail personal behavior?  Are you
     going to take people out of the workplace?  Are you going to
     lose some of your best players?  Perhaps, and that's an
     issue that the NBA has to decide.  Are they willing to take
     that kind of a risk?" ("Up Close," ESPN, 3/2).

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