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              The purse for the National Finals Rodeo will increase
         almost 24% this year, as it rises to $4.2M (DALLAS MORNING
         NEWS, 4/23)....Actors Tim Allen, Matt LeBlanc, Craig T.
         Nelson and Martin Sheen are among celebrities who will join
         host Don Johnson and NASCAR at "NASCAR's Night In Hollywood
         -- A Golden Celebration," on May 1 at L.A.'s Wiltern
         Theatre.  ESPN will air the event, which celebrates NASCAR's
         50th anniversary, as a two-hour, prime-time special on May 2
         (ESPN)....The NCAA will hold its fourth annual Title IX
         seminar May 12 & 13 at the Westin Hotel in Chicago (NCAA).

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              Ticketing arrangements for the World Cup "descended
         into chaos" yesterday as a French hotline set up to sell
         110,000 tickets was "swamped by tens of millions of phone
         calls," according to Harverson & Iskander of the FINANCIAL
         TIMES.  An estimated 15 million calls came from the UK
         alone, the "vast majority" of which got a busy signal or a
         message to try later.  Fans from other countries "faced
         similar problems," as in the first hour there were two
         million call attempts from the Netherlands and 1.7 million
         from Belgium.  Although the Comite Francais d'Organization
         (CFO), which had arranged for 90 operators to handle the
         calls, "stood by its system," telecom experts said the
         number of operators "was far too small" (FINANCIAL TIMES,
         4/23).  The flood of calls caused "the continent's worst
         phone congestion in history," writes Fred Coleman of USA
         TODAY, who adds that one of the problems was that the CFO
         "made only one number available" instead of a special number
         for each country. In all, the hotline yesterday received 20
         million calls, and sold 15,000 tickets (USA TODAY, 4/23).   

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