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Friday Boxing announcer  Michael Buffer  will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin - Daniel Geale championship bout at MSG. Late WGN Cubs and White Sox TV and radio announcer Jack Brickhouse will be honored during the afternoon Cardin...

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04/02/98
MURDOCH LOOKING TO STAPLE DOWN DEAL TO BUY SHARE OF LAKERS

News Corp. Chair Rupert Murdoch "is near agreement on deals to buy part of the new Staples Center and part of the Lakers," according to Heisler & Hofmeister of the L.A. TIMES. Under the deals, "which

Tags: Cablevision, ESPN, Franchises, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Madison Square Garden, NBA, New York Knicks, New York Liberty, News Corp./Fox, NHL, Walt Disney

04/02/98
NEW POLL HAS ROCKETS FULL OF FUEL FOR POSSIBLE REFERENDUM

Boosted by a recent poll showing 73% of Harris County residents would vote for an arena for the Rockets requiring no new taxes, team officials "are prepared to start a full- court press for an August

Tags: Facilities, hp, Houston Rockets, NFL

04/02/98
LEAGUE NOTES

NFL: SI''s Peter King writes, "Eyebrows were raised on NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue''s five-year, $25-million contract extension, through 2005." He notes that Tagliabue will make less than NBA Comm

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA, NFL, Sports Illustrated, WNBA

04/02/98
BEESTON'S BURDEN? THE FUTURE OF THE (INTER)NATIONAL PASTIME

MLB COO Paul Beeston was interviewed by MSG''s Jim Kaat and Ken Singleton during a rain delay at last night''s Yankees-Angels opener. Beeston, on MLB''s plans for an international competition: "We wan

Tags: LA Angels, Anaheim Sports, Cablevision, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Madison Square Garden, MLB, New York Yankees, Walt Disney, YankeeNets

04/02/98
HEAT'S LACK OF LEVERAGE LEADS TO HIGHER RENT IN NEW LEASE

The Heat yesterday agreed to a two-year lease agreement to play at Miami Arena that calls for the team to "pay nearly four times its current rent and give up valuable advertising revenue as well," acc

Tags: Facilities, Miami Heat

04/02/98
EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

Russell Corp. named JOHN WARD as its President & CEO. Ward, once CEO of Sara Lee''s Hanes Group, replaces JOHN ADAMS, who retired after more than 21 years with Russell (N.Y. TIMES, 4/2)....BRIAN BERGE

Tags: News Corp./Fox, Philadelphia Phillies, Portland Trail Blazers, Sara Lee, People and Pop Culture, Vulcan Ventures

04/02/98
NAMES IN THE NEWS

The VILLAGE VOICE''s J. Hoberman reviews MICHAEL MOORE''s "The Big One," which opens April 10. Moore "meets his match in Nike CEO PHIL KNIGHT. A relaxed and jovial middle-aged hippie type, Knight prov

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, NCAA, Nike, People and Pop Culture

04/02/98
ESPN SPORTSZONE WEIGHS IN ON SHOE COMPANIES' LABOR PRACTICES

ESPN SportsZone will study the issues surrounding the labor practices of athletic shoe companies during its five- part "Outside the Lines" series running April 2-8. The interactive program will serve

Tags: ESPN, Nike, Media, Walt Disney

04/02/98
THE HUNTER OR THE HUNTED? USA TODAY EYES NBA LABOR PAINS

NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter is profiled by USA TODAY''s Roscoe Nance as part of the "In Focus" section on the NBA''s labor negotiations. Hunter: "I know how to brawl. I don''t relish a fight. I don''t

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA

04/02/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

NBA: The Sonics will not increase any ticket prices for the ''98-''99 season -- which range from $7 to $100. John Dresel, President of Full House, the Sonics'' business arm: "Despite continued increas

Tags: Anheuser Busch, ESPN, Franchises, Indiana Pacers, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Minnesota Twins, NBA, Toronto Raptors, Walt Disney

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