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  • BEESTON'S BURDEN? THE FUTURE OF THE (INTER)NATIONAL PASTIME

              MLB COO Paul Beeston was interviewed by MSG's Jim Kaat
         and Ken Singleton during a rain delay at last night's
         Yankees-Angels opener.  Beeston, on MLB's plans for an
         international competition: "We want to get to either a World
         Cup or get in an Olympics or get some type of a competition. 
         I think the players want it.  I think the international
         baseball people want it.  I think we want it, and the game
         has such an international component to it right now, I think
         it's going to be very exciting."   Beeston, on whether MLB
         would shut down its season for the Olympics: "I don't think
         it can. ... We can't start too much earlier than we do now,
         and we can't go too much later."  Beeston, on MLB's
         commissioner search: "At the very end of the day, what we're
         going to find is a group that will come together that will
         take it forward but you still have to have that one person.
         ... We're not in that bad shape right now."  Beeston, when
         asked why Selig doesn't just take the commissioner's job:
         "Maybe that's what will happen" (MSG Network, 4/1).
    
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              NFL: SI's Peter King writes, "Eyebrows were raised on
         NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue's five-year, $25-million
         contract extension, through 2005."  He notes that Tagliabue
         will make less than NBA Commissioner David Stern; $5M a year
         is "exactly one-fifth of one percent" of the new annual TV
         contract; and it's "not like the NFL has stock options or
         some other executive perk to hand Tagliabue."  But King
         says, "Five million per seems eminently fair" (SI, 4/6).
              WNBA: The WNBA has increased player salaries, as those
         who played in its inaugural season will see a 25% increase. 
         The salary for first-year players will be determined "by
         when they are picked in the draft."  The first three draft
         picks will earn a base salary of $50,000, up from $37,000
         last year.  Salaries will then scale down by draft position
         to $19,000 for a player picked in the fourth round and
         $15,000 to those picked after that (USA TODAY, 4/2).
              
    

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  • NEW MLB NUMBERS FOCUS ON 25-MAN ROSTER, O'S STILL TOP LEAGUE

              Opening-day MLB club payrolls, based on this season's
         salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses for players
         on the 25-man rosters and the DL, are listed by Murray Chass
         of the N.Y. TIMES.  These numbers differ from figures cited
         in the 3/27 issue of THE DAILY from the Players Relations
         Committee, which includes the salaries of all players on the
         40-man roster, bonuses and benefits.   The following numbers
         include information on a team's 25-man roster (N.Y. TIMES,
         4/2).  USA TODAY also lists each team's payroll and complete
         individual player salaries (USA TODAY, 4/2): 
    TEAM
    PAYROLL
    TEAM
    PAYROLL
    ORIOLES
    $70,408,134
    GIANTS
    $40,320,833
    YANKEES
    $63,159,901
    ANGELS
    $38,537,000
    BRAVES
    $59,536,000
    WHITE SOX
    $36,840,000
    INDIANS
    $58,433,500
    PHILLIES
    $34,370,000
    RANGERS
    $54,704,595
    MARLINS
    $33,434,000
    CARDINALS
    $52,572,500
    ROYALS
    $32,962,500
    MARINERS
    $52,132,291
    BREWERS
    $32,072,584
    RED SOX
    $51,647,000
    DIAMONDBACKS
    $30,266,500
    METS
    $49,859,667
    TWINS
    $26,537,500
    CUBS
    $49,383,000
    DEVIL RAYS
    $25,112,500
    BLUE JAYS
    $48,416,000
    TIGERS
    $22,725,000
    DODGERS
    $47,470,000
    REDS
    $21,995,000
    ROCKIES
    $47,433,334
    ATHLETICS
    $20,008,000
    PADRES
    $45,368,000
    PIRATES
    $13,752,000
    ASTROS
    $40,629,000
    EXPOS
    $9,202,000

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  • THE HUNTER OR THE HUNTED? USA TODAY EYES NBA LABOR PAINS

              NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter is profiled by USA TODAY's
         Roscoe Nance as part of the "In Focus" section on the NBA's
         labor negotiations.  Hunter: "I know how to brawl.  I don't
         relish a fight.  I don't want to fight if I don't have to. 
         If we can reach some agreement that we think is fair and we
         don't have to take a step back on, a fight can be avoided. 
         But we're prepared to fight" (USA TODAY, 4/2).  Nance also
         details the looming issues in the labor talks and calls the
         Larry Bird exception (where teams can re-sign their own
         players by going over the salary cap) the "key issue." 
         Altering the Bird exception is the "most likely method for
         owners to gain the fiscal relief they're seeking (USA TODAY,
         4/2).  Bird said the exception has "sort of ruined the
         league, hasn't it?"  But he adds, "That's one thing that if
         I was a player, I wouldn't give up" (USA TODAY, 4/2). 
    
    

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