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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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05/12/98
RECENT NCAA COURT DEFEAT COULD HAVE GREATER IMPLICATIONS

After last week''s decision by a federal judge in Kansas City that the NCAA pay $67M in damages to about 1,900 assistant coaches, one of the NCAA''s "primary reasons for existence -- providing member

Tags: Colleges, NCAA

05/12/98
LEAGUE NOTES

IRL: On SPEEDNET, Bill Koenig writes that for IRL team owners, the "hunt continues for sponsors." While there has been an increase of sponsorship spending on the league level, teams are "hoping to see

Tags: ECHL, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar, Leagues and Governing Bodies, NHL, PepsiCo, San Francisco Giants

05/12/98
KEY WITNESS CHAVEZ LEAVES COUNTRY; KING TRIAL IN "CHAOS"

"Chaos reigned at Don King''s fraud trial yesterday as prosecutors revealed that former boxing champ Julio Cesar Chavez has bolted for Mexico in the middle of cross- examination," according to Al Guar

Tags: Law and Politics

05/11/98
MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

In Boston, Mike Barnicle on the Boston Lager billboard at a little league park in Newton, MA: "It''s a bad sign when adults figure their own kids are such weak little simpletons that they might commit

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, MLB

05/11/98
TWINS, MN ATTORNEY'S GENERAL OFFICE HAGGLE OVER DETAILS

Lawyers for the Twins, MLB and the MN Attorney General''s office "were ordered Friday to work out an agreement on the scope of a preliminary antitrust investigation by the state against the team and t

Tags: Anheuser Busch, ESPN, Franchises, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Walt Disney

05/11/98
MARINERS STILL TALKING ABOUT NAMING RIGHTS, BUT NO DEAL YET

The Mariners and the Safeco Insurance Co. "both denied they have an agreement" to sell the company naming rights for the team''s new ballpark, according to a report in the SEATTLE TIMES. Mariners Dir

Tags: Facilities, Seattle Mariners

05/11/98
MLB TEAM NEWS & NOTES: BREWERS REACH SEASON-TICKET RECORD

The Brewers have set a "franchise record" by securing 9,062 season-ticket packages as of Sunday, according to Tom Haudricourt of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The team has sold 1.25 million tickets

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, ESPN, Miami Marlins, Franchises, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Walt Disney, YankeeNets

05/11/98
NASDAQ LINKS WITH CBS NFL SHOW; NFL SALES STILL SOFT

NASDAQ "has struck a multiyear deal with CBS" to sponsor its NFL halftime show, according to sources of Langdon Brockinton of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. NASDAQ has also renewed its title sponsorship of C

Tags: ABC, CBS, ESPN, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney

05/11/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will meet in New York today with prospective Vikings Owner Tom Clancy, along with his adviser Marc Ganis "at the commissioner''s request" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/1

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Franchises, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Phoenix Suns

05/11/98
STAHL LIKES HER HOOPS: "60 MINUTES" DABBLES IN MAGIC

MAGIC JOHNSON was profiled by Leslie Stahl on "60 Minutes" and discussed his battle against HIV, his feelings about today''s NBA and his burgeoning business empire. Johnson, on MICHAEL JORDAN''s domin

Tags: CBS, NBA, Orlando Magic, RDV Sports, People and Pop Culture, Viacom

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