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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, on the five-game
         suspension handed down to Yankees P Mike Stanton by AL
         President Dr. Gene Budig after Stanton hit Orioles Eric
         Davis with a pitch in Tuesday's game: "I respect [Budig's]
         position.  Whether he is the right man for the job ... I
         like Budig, he is a nice man.  He is an educator with a
         briefcase.  I don't know if there is a jockstrap in there,
         but he has a briefcase" (N.Y. POST, 6/18)....WNBA President
         Val Ackerman is profiled by Athelia Knight of the WASHINGTON
         POST under the header, "Her League On The Rise, Ackerman's
         Having A Ball" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/18).  Also in DC, Thomas
         Heath examines the WNBA and its marketing partnerships. WNBA
         Exec VP & CMO Rick Welts, on the league's partners: "What
         speaks more about where women's sports are is the list of
         companies who bought in.  These are mainstream sports
         advertisers who believe they are reaching a very mainstream
         sports audience.  One of the benefits is that they have
         passionate female consumers" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/18).
    
    

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  • NBA AND UNION TO DISCUSS LOCKOUT/STRIKE MORATORIUM

              A "moratorium resembling a no-lockout, no-strike
         pledged was discussed" Wednesday during an NBA collective
         bargaining session as a way to reinstate the 12 players who
         were removed from the U.S. World Championship team,
         according to an AP report by Chris Sheridan in the SALT LAKE
         TRIBUNE.  Sources told Sheridan that a "moratorium extending
         into mid-summer ... was discussed in broad terms," which
         would allow for the return of the 12 players.  After meeting
         yesterday, the league and the union agreed to meet again
         "early next week" (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/18). 
              DREAM TEAM TURNED INTO NIGHTMARE: In Denver, Mark
         Kiszla writes, "Caught in the crossfire of a labor war
         between the NBA and the league's players, the Dream Team is
         dying.  Let it fade away.  The Dream Team, a tired concept,
         has a duty to die. ... Good.  No more Dream Team means no
         more stars wrapping themselves in Old Glory for corporate
         gain.  No more pampered athletes" (DENVER POST, 6/18).
              NEXT PLEASE: In L.A., Greg Johnson surveys sports execs
         who say that the NBA "will be hard-pressed to crown an heir
         apparent when Air Jordan grounds himself."  Rick Burton, Dir
         of the Warsaw Sports Marketing School at the Univ. of OR:
         "Hero appreciation is driven by superhuman performance, and
         now to be a hero you have to be a champion to the level that
         Jordan has set the bar at."  DC-based attorney Lon Babby,
         who represents Grant Hill and Tim Duncan: "You're never
         going to duplicate Michael Jordan, because he's a once-in-a-
         lifetime phenomenon.  And I don't think anyone is seriously
         aspiring to duplicate him.  But there is an opportunity out
         there for someone who can be the next iteration of an
         important spokesperson for the league" (L.A. TIMES, 6/18).
    
    

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  • SAY YOU'RE SURPRISED! SELIG SET TO BE NAMED MLB COMMISSIONER

              Bud Selig, who has served as MLB's acting commissioner
         for nearly six years, "has decided to accept the job" on a
         permanent basis, according to Murray Chass of the N.Y.
         TIMES.  Chass' piece was teased on the front page of the
         paper and featured above the fold in the Sports section. 
         Two sources, one a "high-ranking" MLB official and one who
         "is not in baseball but has close contacts with people in
         the sport's hierarchy," said that an official announcement
         "could be made by" the All-Star Game on July 7.  One owner
         said the announcement "could be coming in two to four
         weeks."  Chass writes that the naming of Selig as
         commissioner "should surprise no one," and that despite his
         statements of non-interest, "[o]verwhelming support from
         owners for him to take the job made it possible for him to
         agree to take it."  Several sources said that "only two or
         three" owners were opposed to Selig taking the post.  All of
         Chass' sources named White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf as one
         who opposed the appointment.  Giants Owner Peter Magowan and
         the Cubs' Tribune Co. were also named as being opposed to
         the Selig appointment (N.Y. TIMES, 6/18).
              NOT EVERYONE'S BUD? Chass writes that "[o]ne problem"
         Selig might have is "public acceptance," since he was the
         "face that fans saw" throughout the '94-'95 strike. Another
         possible problem may be management's relations with the
         MLBPA, as the relationship between Selig and MLBPA Exec Dir
         Donald  Fehr "deteriorated badly" during the labor dispute,
         "reaching the point where Fehr didn't even want to talk to
         Selig."  Selig's acceptance of the post has prompted some in
         MLB to "question whether he was really sincere in his
         repeated insistence that he didn't want" it.  One senior
         club exec said he thought "the whole thing was orchestrated.
         [Selig] was telling a small group of people from day one he
         wanted it but told everyone else he didn't" (N.Y. TIMES,
         6/18).  Selig, asked about the report by Tom Haudricourt in
         WI said, "There's always been a great deal of speculation on
         this matter, but at this point in time I can assure you
         there is nothing definitive" (JOURNAL-SENTINEL, 6/18).
    
    

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