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NBC Sports Group has collaborated with chef Thomas Keller 's Bouchon Bakery on a "Puck Cake" to kick off NBC's coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. More than 6,500 of the cakes will be produced with the logos of the 16 playoff teams and are being distributed to athletes, celebrity hockey fans and ...

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04/03/97
MLB: THE $1.06B DOLLAR MEN

MLB''s season opening payroll increased 17.7% to a "staggering" $1.061B, according to an annual survey of all players salaries compiled by USA TODAY''s Hal Bodley. Average salary jumped 16.89% to $1.3

Tags: ESPN, Miami Marlins, Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB, Walt Disney

04/03/97
ASTRODOME OWNER WILL NOT ACCEPT OILERS' LATEST BUYOUT OFFER

Astrodome USA Owner Drayton McLane, Jr. said yesterday he "will not accept" the latest offer from Oilers Owner Bud Adams to settle their "long-running legal dispute," according to David Barron of the

Tags: Anheuser Busch, Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, NFL

04/03/97
FRANCHISE NOTES

The BOSTON GLOBE''s Peter May reports that Larry Bird has talked to Kentucky coach Rick Pitino about coaching the Celtics and "may have made other inquiries as well." May reports that Bird was "given

Tags: Boston Celtics, Franchises, Philadelphia Eagles

04/03/97
LEAGUE NOTES

Players hoping to be drafted by the WNBA "must sign a contract binding them to the league for two years" and putting them into a pay scale ranging from $20,000 for first- round picks to $5,000 for pla

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, USTA, WNBA

04/03/97
HILL TO TEACH THESE YOUNG ONES ON HOW TO BE A COWBOY

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones has created a new department devoted to improving player behavior in his "first significant response to the spate of player arrests and suspensions," according to Bart Hubbuc

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Franchises, NFL

04/03/97
ASCENT BACK IN THE HUNT FOR PEPSI CENTER LAND

Ascent Entertainment "has resumed negotiations to acquire the land for its proposed Pepsi Center arena downtown," according to Ann Imse of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. Ascent "let its contract to buy the

Tags: Denver Broncos, Facilities, PepsiCo

04/03/97
ALBOM SAYS A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE ON NIKE

In Detroit, FREE PRESS columnist Mitch Albom writes on Nike under the header, "Mind Your Money; Nike Wants Both." Albom: "Nike is no longer in the shoe business; it''s in the image business. It wants

Tags: Nike

04/03/97
TSN INKS MAJOR DEAL FOR CANADIAN RIGHTS TO MLB'S POST-SEASON

TSN has purchased exclusive Canadian rights to all MLB playoff games, including the World Series and the All-Star Game for the next three years, according to Rob Longley of the TORONTO SUN. For the "f

Tags: MLB, NBC, News Corp./Fox, Media

04/03/97
MLB NEWS: ANGELS DECIDE ORGAN MUSIC NOT SO HEAVENLY ANYMORE

The Angels have dismissed their ten-year veteran organist Joe Tripoli in favor of "canned music," according to Barbara Kingsley of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. The Angels said "live organ riffs don''t

Tags: LA Angels, Anaheim Sports, Baltimore Orioles, Franchises, New York Mets, Walt Disney

04/03/97
STADIUM NOTES

In New York, Dave Anderson writes about the sale of naming rights under the header, "A Stadium By Any Other Name? No." Anderson: "If anyone needs another reason why the image of pro sports is so money

Tags: Facilities, New York Mets, San Francisco 49ers

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