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              News Corp. named Philip Morris Co. Chair & CEO GEOFFREY
         BIBLE  to its Board of Directors (N.Y. POST, 6/24)....Red
         Wings Assistant GM DON WADDELL was named GM of the expansion
         NHL Atlanta Thrashers.  Waddell is "expected to sign a four-
         year contract" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/24)....Chicago Sun-
         Times Deputy Sports Editor RON RAPOPORT will return to
         writing a column on Monday, taking over PHIL ROSENTHAL's
         "Between the Lines" column.  Rosenthal will become the
         paper's TV critic (SUN-TIMES, 6/24)....The IHL K.C. Blades
         named JANET CALANDRO as Dir of Corporate Sales; BILL KEARNS
         as Dir of Ticket Sales; CHRIS KREISER as Sales Manager; and
         NIKKI HORSCH as Administrative Assistant (Blades).

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              JOHN MCENROE was a guest on The "Late Show" with DAVID
         LETTERMAN last night.  McEnroe, on how tennis has changed
         since his playing days: "I think people could relate to me
         and say, CONNORS, NASTASE, GONZALEZ in the sixties, more
         because we showed our emotions.  They could see that it's a
         very difficult game.  We'd get pissed off -- I hope you can
         say that on CBS..."  Letterman: "Oh, yeah.  CBS is the only
         place you can say that, by the way.  See, nobody's
         watching."  McEnroe: "Well, no one's watching tennis either. 
         So we're all right there.  But as time went on and the money
         got so much more it seems like the players became less
         personalities, more robotic and more boring.  And frankly,
         something needs to be done or we should put some long pants
         on these guys again."  Letterman: "You do a great job on the
         tennis commentary.  It's nice to have somebody with brains
         shooting their mouth off."  McEnroe: "The fact that I was
         out there, hopefully people will respect the fact that I may
         possibly know what's going on.  Not like these bozos that
         come out there and pretend like they know what's going on. 
         I'm not going to mention names because I have to work with
         these people."  McEnroe, on JIMMY CONNORS: "He sort of
         reminds me of [JAY] LENO, you know?  You gotta respect him,
         but to hell with him.  He's a jerk."  Letterman: "I didn't
         know Leno played."  Letterman showed some video from
         Sunday's McEnroe-Connors "Challenge" match and asked McEnroe
         what the Senior Tour was called.  McEnroe: "It's the Nuveen
         Tour.  And anyone else that's willing to do it, we're more
         than welcome to have more sponsors" ("Late Show," 6/23).

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              LEIGH STEINBERG said that his firm, STEINBERG AND
         MOORAD, "is branching out by developing television shows
         featuring athletes, and even creating Web sites."  Steinberg
         is also continuing to "pursue his dream" -- a "Sportstown"
         theme-park concept.  Steinberg, on negotiations his firm has
         had with six "major corporations" about the possibility of
         selling the firm: "We're going to go ahead with our ideas
         regardless of what happens with these discussions.  But it
         may be that these groups we're talking with can accelerate
         that process" (Mark Emmons, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/23).
         ....JERRY SEINFELD will throw out the first pitch at
         Saturday's Yankees-Mets game at Shea Stadium (N.Y. POST,
         6/24)....Actor KEVIN COSTNER will star in his third baseball
         film, Universal's "For the Love of the Game."  SAM RAIMI
         will direct, with some filming at Yankee Stadium (HOLLYWOOD
         REPORTER, 6/24)....In N.Y., Michael Starr examines "THE
         MAGIC HOUR," saying that it "needs to rebound if it's going
         to survive in the late-night talk show arena."  TN Media
         VP/Research Whitey Chapin: "I think it's fair to say that
         the outlook isn't favorable" (N.Y. POST, 6/24)....Former
         Lakers G ANTHONY PEELER filed a negligence lawsuit claiming
         his ex-agent, ERIC FLEISHER, "didn't give him enough notice
         to renegotiate a contract or get traded before an option
         expired" (AP/ESPN SportsZone, 6/24)....Thursday's NHL TV
         Awards Special, which will air on ESPN2, will feature model
         women's hockey member CAMMI GRANATO as presenters (NHL).

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