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Published May 10, 1999
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.