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  • PAT NOT BOWLEN-OVER BY L.A. BIDS: SAYS HOUSTON MAY FIT

              Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen said that if neither the Ed
         Roski/Eli Broad group nor the Michael Ovitz expansion group
         can secure a L.A. stadium agreement soon, he will support
         putting an NFL expansion franchise in Houston and relocating
         an existing team to L.A., according to Curtis Eichelberger
         of BLOOMBERG NEWS.  Bowlen: "I don't think Los Angeles is
         the no brainer people are making it out to be.  I don't have
         any confidence that a stadium agreement is going to get done
         by either of the Los Angeles groups. ... If the stadium
         isn't ready, there's nothing wrong with giving Houston the
         expansion team, negotiating our own stadium agreement in Los
         Angeles and later re-locating a team there. ... Houston at
         some point in time will have a franchise" (BLOOMBERG, 3/11).
    
    

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  • SENATORS LOOK TO THE CHAIR: ROD HELP US, EVERY ONE OF US

              Senators Chair Rod Bryden met with 10 Ottawa-area MPs
         yesterday "as part of his campaign to persuade" government
         officials that Canadian NHL teams face "unfair competition"
         from U.S. teams, according to Graham Fraser of the Toronto
         GLOBE & MAIL.  Bryden focused on int'l trade. Liberal House
         Leader Don Boudria: "He did not ask for tax relief for
         hockey players or anything like that.  He gave us a briefing
         on some of his concerns" (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/12).  Bryden: "The
         next federal budget doesn't come until next year and if I'm
         going to move by the fall of 2000, I'll have to have an
         agreement done long before that" (OTTAWA SUN, 3/12).  
    
    

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  • THE FALK OF THE LEAGUE: MARBURY DEALT WITH HELP FROM AGENT

              The T'Wolves announced a three-team, nine-player trade
         yesterday which sent G Stephon Marbury to the Nets, and in
         Minneapolis, Steve Aschburner writes that Marbury informed
         team VP Kevin McHale and Owner Glen Taylor that "he was
         unwilling to re-sign with the Wolves," prompting the team's
         trade.  One of Marbury's "alleged motives" for leaving was
         "jealousy" over Kevin Garnett's $126M contract.  Taylor:
         "Quite frankly, it's a shame" (STAR TRIBUNE, 3/12).  Marbury
         said that "the town was not big enough for both" he and
         Garnett and called Garnett's contract "bothersome."  But in
         St. Paul, Greg Johnson reports that McHale "made it clear"
         that he "was frustrated and bitter" with how Marbury and
         agent David Falk handled the situation.  McHale: "I guess
         loyalty and some other words are long forgotten in our
         league.  I can't stand that attitude."  McHale also said the
         T'Wolves "had a better deal" on the table for Marbury, but
         it was "nixed" by Falk, who "told the team we were talking
         to that Steph would not play there" (PIONEER PRESS, 3/12). 
         McHale, on Falk: "When he said, 'I'm going to help you,'
         that's when I knew we were in trouble.  When an agent says
         those five words, cover your wallet and run like hell"
         (Patrick Reusse, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/12).  
              FALKIAN GRIP: In N.Y., Peter Vecsey reports Falk
         "threatened" McHale that if the Nets and T'Wolves didn't do
         a deal, he would have Marbury, Nets G Kerry Kittles and
         Celtics C Vitaly Potapenko -- all clients of his -- sign
         with the Bulls this offseason.  Vecsey adds that while Falk
         is touting the off-the-court income of Marbury in the N.Y.
         market, he is "selling gullible guys like Marbury an
         advertising bill of goods" because he fails to tell them
         that "you earn your endorsements by winning and projecting a
         positive image."  Marbury has "sullied both ... by suddenly
         abandoning his teammates and forcing a trade."  Vecsey, says
         that Falk, who he calls a "Parasite," is now "trying to
         sabotage one franchise at a time, either by coercing trades
         or demanding outlandish contracts for his clients."  Vecsey:
         "The new CBA may have capped the income of the players, but
         it failed miserably to cap the input of agents"  (N.Y. POST,
         3/12).  In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman writes that Taylor said
         that there is "no question Falk influenced" the deal. 
         Taylor: "In order for me to get this thing done, I had to
         help him move Gatling out to Milwaukee, which was part of
         his deal.  There were some other things (Falk) wanted to get
         accomplished" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/12).  ESPN.com's
         David Aldridge writes that Falk "destroyed the fledgling
         hopes" of the T'Wolves and "mortgaged the future" of the
         Nets to prove "he still has juice" (ESPN.com, 3/12).
    
    

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