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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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08/05/98
FRESHLY SQUEEZED? TROPICANA GETS MIXED REVIEWS IN FIRST YEAR

Tropicana Field is examined by Dave Cunningham of the ORLANDO SENTINEL under the header, "Is The Trop a Flop?" Cunningham: "The buzzword around Tropicana Field these days is ''joke.'' As in: ''This ba

Tags: Facilities, PepsiCo, Tampa Bay Rays

08/05/98
CHAMPIONS FOR CHRIST REP SAYS GROUP NOT REPPING NFL PLAYERS

Champions for Christ (CFC) national rep Dave Jamerson responded to a N.Y. Times report that the NFL had been asked to investigate the religious group because of concern players may be giving "an inord

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

08/05/98
A TALE OF TWO CITIES: ORLANDO THRIVES; WNBA STRUGGLING IN MN

As of late Monday, the WNBA''s MN expansion franchise had received 3,181 of the 5,000 deposits needed by September 1, and in St. Paul, Tom Powers writes that "the WNBA apparently hasn''t done much res

Tags: Franchises, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins, Orlando Magic, RDV Sports, WNBA

08/05/98
ON THE LINKS: JCPENNEY EYES LPGA MOVE? CLARION SENIOR EVENT

Austin, TX, is "on the verge" of hosting an LPGA Tour stop, while Frisco, TX, "may be on the verge of losing the JCPenney Skins Game," according to Brad Townsend of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The LPGA h

Tags: ESPN, IMG, Leagues and Governing Bodies, LPGA, PGA Tour, Walt Disney

08/05/98
FOX/LIBERTY TABS FX'S SONNENBERG AS EXEC VP

FX Exec VP MARK SONNENBERG was named Exec VP and head of Fox/Liberty Ventures. Sonnenberg''s new responsibilities will include overseeing the company''s interests in Fox Sports World, Speedvision, Out

Tags: Cablevision, New York Liberty, News Corp./Fox, People and Pop Culture

08/05/98
MN SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW RULING BEFORE ACTING ON TWINS

The MN State Supreme Court "will review a lower-court ruling that would force" the Twins and MLB officials to provide documents for a preliminary antitrust investigation, according to Jerry Zgoda of t

Tags: Franchises, Minnesota Twins, MLB

08/05/98
LOUIS-DREYFUS MAKES CHANGES IN ADIDAS-SALOMON REORGANIZATION

adidas-Salomon has reorganized its top management after "unexpectedly large losses" in its skiing and golf equipment business, according to Bowley & Owen of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The losses "were cause

Tags: Finance, Washington Nationals

08/05/98
NEW HAMPSHIRE INT'L SPEEDWAY CHOOSES NOT TO RENEW IRL PACT

Pep Boys IRL and New Hampshire Int''l Speedway (NHIS) officials announced yesterday that the series will not renew its contract with the NHIS, and will not return to the venue in ''99. The IRL series

Tags: Champ Car World Series, ESPN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Walt Disney

08/05/98
PIRATES GET A LITTLE PNC? TEAM TO NAME NEW BALLPARK SPONSOR

PNC Bank is "expected to announce" tomorrow that it will pay for naming rights to the Pirates'' new $228M ballpark, according to Barnes & Fitzpatrick of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Terms of the deal

Tags: Facilities, Pittsburgh Pirates

08/05/98
LEAGUE NOTES

In Chicago, Ron Rapoport: "Three WNBA coaches fired in nine days? And to think there are those who said women''s basketball would never catch up to the men''s game" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/5)....The six

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, WNBA

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