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Published June 16, 1998
MLB: In Denver, local ticket agents say that the "marked-up resales" of All-Star Game tickets are "flat." Rock & Jock Tickets Owner Bruce Brown: "It is looking like tickets will be readily available" (DENVER POST, 6/15). ...In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark wrote the "latest buzz" is that agent Scott Boras "may take some of his high-profile clients," such as J.D. Drew, and seek citizenship in some draft-exempt country such as Costa Rica. Then they could become free agents "and could start up a hot bidding war," similar to Cuban players (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/14). TURNER/NBC FOOTBALL: In Boston, Will McDonough reported on the NBC/Turner football league and said that Ted Turner and "his aids in Atlanta are carrying the ball and doing all the research and development, with NBC waiting to see the final product" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/13). BLOOMBERG'S Rick Westhead wrote under the header, "Players In Europe Pinning Hopes On Proposed NBC/Turner League" (SAN DIEGO UNION- TRIBUNE, 6/14). Brian Ransom, agent for Rams CB Ryan McNeil is "threatening" to take his client to the new league in '99. Ransom: "I'd like to find out how soon their plans are finalized" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/14). OTHER NOTES: On Friday, 73 people watched the USBL Long Island Surf-Atlanta Trojans game at Stony Brook Indoor sport complex. Surf CEO Steve Shillet: "I don't understand why Long Island doesn't support a Long Island team" (NEWSDAY, 6/15)....The Nuveen Tour's BTI Championships in Raleigh, NC, "easily cleared their total attendance goal of 20,000" for the week. BTI Tournament Director Karen Happer said that attendance could hit 22,000-23,000 (NEWS & OBSERVER, 6/15).