NAMES IN THE NEWS
Published June 30, 1998
Chargers Owner ALEX SPANOS and Padres Chair JOHN MOORES "are facing off this year" in the CA Gov.'s race, as Spanos "has emerged as one of the top contributors" to GOP nominee DAN LUNGREN, while Moores is a "big backer" of Democrat GARY DAVIS. State records show that each has contributed about $100,000 to their respective candidates since '96 (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 6/29)....FRANK SCOTT, who repped players such as MICKEY MANTLE, YOGI BERRA, WHITEY FORD and JOE DIMAGGIO, died at the age of 80 on Saturday (N.Y. TIMES, 6/30). In N.Y., Bill Madden writes that Scott "could be called the father of the modern-day sports agent" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/30)....Later this week, MAGIC JOHNSON "is expected to go one-on-one in his new talk show arena with one of his staunchest critics" -- shock jock HOWARD STERN (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/30)....More than 1,000 actors auditioned for the role of MICHAEL JORDAN in the Fox Family Channel movie, "Michael Jordan: The Untold Story of an American Hero." Fox Family Worldwide Exec VP ELIE DEKEL: "We're looking for that needle in a haystack" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/30)....DAVID LETTERMAN, questioning Mets C MIKE PIAZZA on his future with the team: "I'll tell you something, all kidding aside here. I like you. I've never met you before -- I get a look at you, I got a good feeling about you. I don't want you here on the show tonight if you're gonna go play for the Diamondbacks. It's gonna hurt" ("Late Show," CBS, 6/29).