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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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03/12/98
SPIKE AND FLIP WILSON ASK LORD STANLEY TO HEAR THEIR PRAYER

Fox Sports has teamed with Spike Lee and actor Flip Wilson for a promo campaign around its Stanley Cup Playoffs telecasts. The campaign will kick off April 11, two weeks before the net begins its conf

Tags: News Corp./Fox, Wilson Sporting Goods

03/12/98
BRING IT ON: ESPN MAGAZINE DEBUTS, READY TO CHALLENGE SI

ESPN Magazine celebrated the release of its inaugural issue yesterday with a launch party in New York City which hosted members of the industry and many celebrities and athletes, including Cindy Crawf

Tags: ABC, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Media, Time Warner, Walt Disney

03/12/98
IMG RIDES INTO MOUNTAIN BIKING SEGMENT WITH THREE SIGNINGS

IMG-Denver announced the signing of World Cup Mountain Bike racers Alison Dunlap with GT Bicycles; Myles Rockwell with Volvo Cannondale; and Steve Larsen with Schwinn/Toyota RAV 4. In addition to the

Tags: IMG, Toyota

03/12/98
VEGAS WASN'T BUILT ON WINNERS: TRIPLE-A WORLD SERIES OK'D

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) voted unanimously to sponsor the Triple-A World Series at $750,000 for each of the next three years, according to Hubble Smith of the LAS VEGAS

Tags: ESPN, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Walt Disney

03/12/98
WANT A PIECE OF THE BUSS? MAGIC OFFERING 5% OF THE LAKERS

Magic Johnson, "eager to divest himself" from his 5% ownership stake in the Lakers, "has opened talks with outside parties," according to Scott Howard-Cooper of the L.A. TIMES. Johnson, who needs to s

Tags: Franchises, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Orlando Magic, RDV Sports

03/12/98
HORNETS ABUZZ ABOUT NEW HIVE, AS TEAM REWORKS CURRENT LEASE

The Hornets new uptown arena "moved closer to reality" yesterday with the Coliseum Authority''s "unanimous approval of an amended lease" between the team and the city of Charlotte, according to Dan Ch

Tags: Facilities, New Orleans Pelicans

03/12/98
TAGLIABUE MAY RULE ON VIKINGS OWNERSHIP NEXT WEEK

An NFL spokesperson said that Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "expects to pick a winner in the battle for Vikings ownership" between Tom Clancy and team President Roger Headrick "sometime next week," acco

Tags: Franchises, Minnesota Vikings, NFL

03/12/98
MLB NEWS: ALLEN'S STATUS UP IN AIR; VALET PARKING IN TX

MLB officials "won''t say if Marge Schott''s problems" with a General Motors franchise will prevent her from returning as Reds CEO at the end of this season, leaving Reds Managing Exec John Allen "uns

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds, Franchises, General Motors, MLB, Southwest Sports Group, Texas Rangers

03/12/98
REBAGLIATI MAKES IT OFFICIAL: HE IS TRACING HIS ROOTS

Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder Ross Rebagliati officially signed an endorsement deal with Roots Canada on Wednesday, according to Jim Morris of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. During the press confe

03/12/98
FRANCHISE NOTES

In Toronto, Steve Simmons writes on the leadership of Toronto sports teams, and says that "the problem" isn''t with new Raptors-Leafs-Air Canada Centre interim President & CEO Richard Peddie, "the pro

Tags: AHL, Baltimore Orioles, Franchises, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Raptors

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