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Published March 5, 1998
WHO WOULDA THUNK IT? In N.Y., gossip columnist Neal Travis writes that CBA Commissioner Steve Patterson's name "is now cropping up" in discussions about the MLB Commissioner job (N.Y. POST, 3/5)....The NL is "ignoring a tradition of naming umpire crew chiefs by seniority, opting instead to use a merit system." NL President Len Coleman: "It was not an easy choice, but ultimately someone had to make the decision and I did" (USA TODAY, 3/5). OTHER NOTES: U.S. Chief of Mission Paul George, who headed the U.S. Olympic delegation, said he will "seriously consider" recommending that the USOC impose a "teamwide sanction" on the men's hockey team for the damage in the Olympic village. The sanction could include a ban on all 23 players from future Olympic Games (WASHINGTON POST, 3/5). ...U.S. Soccer Federation President Alan Rothenberg is interviewed in USA TODAY. Rothenberg, on the U.S. national team heading into the World Cup: "I think the important thing is that there probably isn't a game that we play now where we are not going to be competitive" (USA TODAY, 3/5).