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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner continues to
         criticize next year's schedule that would have his team play
         two, three-game series against the Mets: "If [MLB
         Commissioner Bud] Selig isn't careful, he will disintegrate
         the traditional rivalries of baseball" (N.Y. POST,
         7/17)....Selig said he "supports" the idea of "someday"
         putting an MLB team in Mexico.  Selig: "I like the idea. 
         There's no question we have to take this game international
         in a myriad of ways.  Does that mean putting a team in
         Mexico?  Ultimately" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 7/16).
              CART NUMBERS: In Toronto, Gayle Macdonald examines
         sponsor support of CART's Molson Indy, which will be held
         this weekend and is expected to draw 170,000 fans.  Although
         more than two-thirds of the spectators at the Molson Indy
         site are male, the "female participation rate is slowly
         growing."  Of the men, 51% are in the 26-to-44 age group,
         and more than 35% of attendees make over C$75,000 a year. 
         Macdonald: "All this spells major purchasing power, which
         has brought a new breed of sponsor" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/17).
                   
    

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  • NHL ALUMS TO DIVIDE UP $1M IN RESTITUTION FROM THE EAGLE

              About 1,400 Alan Eagleson-era NHL players will divide
         up a $1M fund taken from the former NHLPA founder, according
         to Brad Honywill of the TORONTO SUN.  A trustee overseeing
         the distribution of $1M that Eagleson had to pay in
         restitution after a plea-bargaining agreement in a fraud
         case has announced that all players who were members of the
         NHLPA from '76-91 are "entitled to share equally in the
         recovered money."  Split among 1,400 eligible players, the
         restitution "shrinks" to about $700 each (TORONTO SUN,
         7/17).  The maximum a player could receive is $1,400 and the
         minimum is $100 (Randy Starkman, TORONTO STAR, 7/17). 
    
    

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  • NO SURPRISE, MONTE CARLO HAS LITTLE INTEREST IN U.S. TEAM

              The U.S. World Championship basketball team arrived in
         Monte Carlo "virtually unnoticed Wednesday afternoon,"
         according to Eddie Sefko of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, who wrote
         that "with only [CBA], college and European-refugee players
         on hand, the U.S. entourage was greeted Wednesday by exactly
         one French sportscaster and one writer based in Nice,
         France."  Sefko: "That, of course, doubled the American
         media horde following the U.S. squad" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE,
         7/16).  In Houston, Dale Robertson writes that the World
         Championships "should have nothing to do with the labor
         unrest in the NBA."  But "some bucks might have accidentally
         trickled back through the international monetary system into
         the owners' pockets, and the players weren't going to stand
         for that" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/17).  But NBPA VP Charles
         Smith is quoted in the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS as saying
         that NBA players wanted to play in Greece.  He dismissed NBA
         Commissioner David Stern's comments that players "trashed"
         their country: "He wanted (fans) to take the 'rah, rah'
         position. ... [T]he players wanted to play.  But then we
         were locked out.  How can your employer prevent you from
         earning your pay, and then ask you to go make money for the
         organization?" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 7/17).  
              WHERE'S THE RAGIN' CAJUN? CBS analyst Billy Packer
         tells USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke that the NBA "is like the
         Clinton PR team.  The release said USA Basketball told NBC
         and Turner they can't carry the World Championships.  But
         who canceled the TV coverage is basically David Stern." 
         Martzke also quotes ESPN VP/Programming Dick Glover as
         saying that ESPN has "no intention" of televising games of
         NBA players during the lockout (USA TODAY, 7/17). 
              SIX LOCKOUT TALES: In SI, MacMullan & Taylor write that
         "there are far more than two angles from which to view the
         lockout."  In their piece, "Lockout Limbo," MacMullan &
         Taylor examine the lockout's impact in separate profiles of
         six people: a rookie (the 76ers' Nazr Mohammed), an
         established player (the T-Wolves' Tom Gugliotta), a
         journeyman (free agent Chuckie Brown), a GM (the Suns' Bryan
         Colangelo), an agent (Arn Tellem) and a fan (Bulls season-
         ticket holder Leslie Wright) (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 7/20).
              HELLO?? Midway through "Business Center," CNBC's Maria
         Bartiromo noted Michael Jordan's comments that he wouldn't
         play for any coach but Phil Jackson and described it as
         "breaking news."  Bartiromo: "Breaking news now.  While
         basketball superstar Michael Jordan is not saying for sure
         that he's retiring, he is saying today that we won't play
         for any other coach than Phil Jackson" (CNBC, 7/16).  Jordan
         said he won't make an official announcement about his status
         until after the lockout, but as far as a possible retirement
         he said, "I'm pretty sure that's my decision" (Mult., 7/17).
    
    

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  • REGGIE SHOULD HAVE WHITED OUT UNIFORM BEFORE SPEAKING FREELY

              The NFL "plans to talk" to Reggie White about a full-
         page ad in USA TODAY in which he spoke out against
         homosexuality while wearing his uniform, according to USA
         TODAY's Steve Hershey.  NFL VP/Communications Greg Aiello:
         "No permission was asked for or given to use the Green Bay
         uniform.  We feel that it is inappropriate for a player to
         appear in the NFL uniform in this type of ad."  The ad was
         paid for by a coalition of 15 Christian groups.  A Packers
         spokesperson said neither White nor any group asked the
         team's permission to use the uniform (USA TODAY, 7/17).
              FREE AGENT LEDGER: During the NFL's unrestricted free
         agency period, 113 veteran free agents re-signed with the
         old teams, while 113 signed with new teams.  The Falcons and
         the Panthers signed the most unrestricted free agents from
         other teams with eight each.  There were a total of 305
         unrestricted free agents this year (NFL).
    
    

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