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WINTER OF THEIR CONTENT? OFFICIALS TALK UP GOODWILL GAMES

          The inaugural Winter Goodwill Games will be held in
     Lake Placid, NY, from February 17-20, 2000, and officials
     said yesterday that the "top athletes in 11 selected sports"
     will be invited to participate in the event which will
     highlighted by 16 hours of TV coverage on TNT, according to
     Karen Allen of USA TODAY.  While the '98 Goodwill Games
     offered $5M in prize money, the winter version "will offer
     considerably less."  Games President Mike Plant said the
     purse will be "in seven figures" (USA TODAY, 8/18).  Plant
     said that the event's purse will be "the biggest athletic
     prize purse in multisport winter sports history" and will
     "be a precursor to" the 2002 Winter Olympic Games (SALT LAKE
     TRIBUNE, 8/18).  Olympic Regional Development Authority
     Chair Ted Blazer, whose company is planning the event in
     conjunction with the Goodwill Games staff, said the event
     will feature "solid ticket plans with reasonable prices"
     (Plattsburgh PRESS REPUBLICAN, 8/18).  Tickets will range
     from $10-46 and go on sale August 23.  For information can
     be obtained via http://www.goodwillgames.com (THE DAILY).   
            
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