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Published June 24, 1998
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 LINDA EVANGELISTA, actors DAVE FOLEY, JOSHUA JACKSON, NICHOLAS LEA, JC MACKENZIE, ANGELA FEATHERSTONE and U.S. women's hockey member CAMMI GRANATO as presenters (NHL).