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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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08/28/98
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: STARTER'S BECKERMAN EYEING ACQUISITION?

Starter CEO David Beckerman is the featured interview in the current issue of SPORTING GOODS BUSINESS. Beckerman said his company is "now in the process of adjusting and finding our own particular nic

Tags: Converse

08/28/98
LEIGH-DING BY EXAMPLE: STEINBERG WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

In L.A., T.J. Simers profiled LEIGH STEINBERG, who currently represents 13 of the NFL''s 30 starting quarterbacks. Steinberg: "No player in sports, with the exception of MICHAEL JORDAN, commands more

Tags: NFL, People and Pop Culture

08/28/98
ABL'S SPIN-MOVE: TALK OF ITS DEMISE IS PREMATURE

ABL CEO Gary Cavalli characterized the folding of the Long Beach StingRays "as part of the league''s effort to streamline and to improve profitability," but many observers wonder whether the ABL "can

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, WNBA

08/28/98
LIPTON OFFERS NO REASON AS TO DROPPING TENNIS SPONSORSHIP

Ericsson''s agreement to title sponsor the Lipton Championships is a 10-year deal beginning in 2000, according to Alan Snel of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. Tournament Chair Butch Buchholz, who wou

08/28/98
NAMES IN THE NEWS

CHARLES BARKLEY "again was talking about the Alabama governor''s office." Barkley: "This could be one of the greatest states on the union, but there has to be a lot of improvements as far as its image

Tags: Clear Channel/SFX Sports, Formula One, NBC, Orlando Magic, RDV Sports, People and Pop Culture

08/28/98
THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE THE BIG 12 FOR FOX SPORTS NET

Fox Sports Net and the Big 12 Conference extended their current TV relationship, giving FSN national cable rights to Big 12 football, as well as a variety of other sports, through 2007. The new packag

Tags: ABC, Cablevision, IMG, New York Liberty, News Corp./Fox, Media, Walt Disney

08/28/98
IS BIG MAC AN ENDORSEMENT GOLDMINE WAITING TO HAPPEN?

If Cardinals 1B Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris'' single-season HR record, he will "undoubtedly land a lucrative national endorsement jackpot," according to David Nielsen of SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVIC

Tags: McDonalds, MLB, Nielsen

08/28/98
FILA DROPS CHRIS WEBBER DUE TO "OFF-COURT" PROBLEMS

Fila USA has "terminated" its endorsement contract with Kings F Chris Webber because of his "recent off-court problems," according to sources familiar with the situation cited by Josh Barr of the WASH

Tags: Fila USA

08/28/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

COMPLICATED BID: In K.C., Charles Crumpley takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Lamar Hunt-Western Resources bid for the Royals under the header, "Relations Between Hunt Group, Royals Never Warmed Up

Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Franchises, Kansas City Royals

08/28/98
FOX SPORTS PITTSBURGH FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST MARINO, PENS

Fox Sports Pittsburgh (FSP) "claimed in a court complaint" filed yesterday against the Penguins that the team "broke a settlement agreement both parties signed June 23," according to Joe Starkey of th

Tags: Franchises, News Corp./Fox, Pittsburgh Penguins

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