SBD/10/Leagues Governing Bodies

LEAGUE NOTES

          Royals Chair & CEO David Glass dispelled "rumors" he
     and Expos President Claude Brochu were involved in a "heated
     verbal exchange with some large-market owners" during a
     recent meeting on revenue sharing.  Glass: "It's kind of
     hard to shout at someone when you're not there.  I heard
     about the exchange.  But I wasn't involved" (K.C. STAR,
     5/9)....In NJ, John Rowe wrote that MLB is "negotiating to
     open the 2000 season in Japan."  The "buzz in several
     circles" is that the Yankees, Angels and Padres are
     "interested," while the Mariners "reportedly have been
     selected for the three games" (Bergen RECORD, 5/9)....In
     N.Y., George Vecsey wrote that MLB officials "show no
     capacity for approaching" the economic disparity problem
     "with any serious revenue-sharing" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/9).
          LPGA: The LPGA Mercury Titleholders Championship was
     "suspended" three times yesterday due to "dangerous weather
     conditions," finally "for good" at 7:26pm ET, though the
     leaders were still on the course "because of the Tour's deal
     with CBS to broadcast the tournament."  LPGA Dir of
     Tournament Operations Barb Trammell: "The request was made
     to play earlier [on Sunday] and work out some sort of tape-
     delay arrangement with CBS.  We pursued it, but CBS said no"
     (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/10)....LPGA Tour player Nancy Lopez
     said that women's golf would be "just as popular as the
     men's if it were on TV every weekend."  Lopez: "They say our
     ratings aren't very good, but it's pretty hard to get good
     ratings if you are only on TV every once in a while."  In
     Ft. Lauderdale, Randall Mell wrote that what the LPGA "lacks
     is personality, charisma, star-quality" (SUN-SENTINEL, 5/9). 
     LPGA Tour player Karrie Webb, on the Tour's "lack of
     personality": "It's not my responsibility to promote the
     Tour.  I think we have to stop wishing for another Nancy
     Lopez.  If she comes along, great" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/10).
     ...Natalie Williams and Crystal Robinson, listed in THE
     DAILY's chart of the WNBA's first round picks on Thursday,
     are represented by Fred Schreyer and Intersport Management,
     two of seven WNBA players repped by the IL-based agency. 

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