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"We won the championship. We're drinking champagne, but we have 14 guys grinding it out at a ballpark trying to watch it on their cell phones. They are the ones missing birthdays and their son's first Little League game" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo , ...

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01/11/99
THE 3COM'S A CHARM: 49ERS DROP PLANS TO BUILD A NEW STADIUM

The 49ers have "turned their attention to revamping and expanding 3Com Park" and have "all but abandoned plans for a new football stadium" due to "projected costs rocketing out of sight," according to

Tags: Facilities, San Francisco 49ers

01/11/99
OIL COMPANY PULLS A SLICK MOVE ON SOCOG, PULLS OUT OF DEAL

SOCOG Marketing Group GM John Moore confirmed that Texaco-Caltex "has pulled" a A$10M (US$6.4M) sponsorship deal "following 12 months of negotiations" with the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics, leaving Syd

Tags: IOC, Olympics

01/11/99
NAMES IN THE NEWS

MN Gov. JESSE VENTURA has "no problem" with scalpers illegally selling tickets to sports events: "I find it''s a victimless crime. Everyone walks away with a smile on their face. Then who''s the victi

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Tampa Bay Rays

01/11/99
DONE DEAL: REDSKINS SOLD TO MILSTEIN, SNYDER IN RECORD DEAL

Isles co-Owner Howard Milstein and MD business exec Daniel Snyder signed an agreement yesterday with the estate of the late Jack Kent Cooke to purchase the Redskins and Jack Kent Cooke Stadium for "ap

Tags: Cleveland Browns, ESPN, Franchises, NFL, Walt Disney, Washington Redskins

01/11/99
SEATTLE IS HOME, SWEET HOLM(GREN) FOR FORMER PACKERS COACH

Mike Holmgren signed an eight-year deal worth an "estimated" $32M to become Exec VP, GM and coach of the Seahawks, according to Mike Sando of the Tacoma NEWS- TRIBUNE. The deal makes him the NFL''s hi

Tags: ESPN, Franchises, NFL, Seattle Seahawks, Vulcan Ventures, Walt Disney

01/11/99
THE LEADERLESS GAMES: NAMES FLOATED AS POSSIBLE SUCCESSORS

The SLOC "may first hire a No. 2 executive -- preferably someone with a background in sports -- before searching for a new top executive," according to Guy Boulton of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Hiring a C

Tags: Cablevision, Madison Square Garden, Marriott, Olympics, SLOC, USOC, Utah Jazz

01/11/99
NBA MARKET-BY-MARKET REPORTS: ARE NUGGETS ON THE MARKET?

DENVER: In Denver, Diddlebock & Monroe report "speculation" that the Nuggets and the Avalanche "are being shopped" by Ascent Entertainment Group. A report in Variety said the sale of Ascent''s Beacon

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Franchises, Miami Heat, NBA, PepsiCo, Utah Jazz

01/11/99
MLB TEAMS MUST COMPLY WITH 60-40 RULE; ORIOLES HIT BY TAXES

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is "expected to inform" MLB teams at this week''s owners'' meetings that he "will require strict compliance with the 60-40 rule," in which teams must have a ratio of no less

Tags: Anheuser Busch, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, New York Yankees, News Corp./Fox, Time Warner, YankeeNets

01/11/99
CHIP SHOTS: TAYLOR MADE HAS A BALL; MCCARRON INKS W/ORLIMAR

Taylor Made debuted its new golf ball, a Taylor Made prototype (TM-07), during the Mercedes Championships held in Hawaii this past weekend, according to GOLFWEB. Lee Janzen and John Cook used the ball

Tags: ABC, DaimlerChrysler, Walt Disney, Washington Nationals

01/11/99
IOC RETAINS HILL & KNOWLTON TO ASSIST IN DAMAGE CONTROL

The IOC has retained Hill & Knowlton to "coordinate its response to the growing bribery scandal" around the Salt Lake City Games, according to Fatsis & Copetas of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. IOC Marketin

Tags: Coca-Cola, IOC, Olympics, OPUS, SLOC, Sports Illustrated, Time Warner, US West/Qwest, USOC, Visa, Xerox

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