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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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08/08/96
FATE OF TAMPA STADIUM MAY RIDE PIGGYBACK ON EDUCATION ISSUE

A poll commissioned by the TAMPA TRIBUNE shows that voters currently favor a half-cent increase in Hillsborough County''s sales tax by 50 to 40%, with 10% undecided. However, Joe Henderson reports if

Tags: Facilities, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

08/08/96
LEAGUE NOTES

Barring an unforeseen "snag," it appears the ''99 NHL All- Star Game will be held in Tampa at the new Ice Palace. According to Lightning officials, the team has "essentially completed contractual nego

Tags: IndyCar, Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLS, NBC, NHL, Nike, Palace Sports & Entertainment, Tampa Bay Lightning

08/08/96
NO DEAL: HOWARD CASE APPEARS HEADED TO ARBITRATION

Discussions between the Heat and the NBA regarding the Juwan Howard contract situation "broke down last night and no new negotiations are scheduled," according to this morning''s WASHINGTON POST. NBA

Tags: Franchises, Miami Heat, NBA

08/08/96
NEW PIRATES OWNERSHIP LOSES A MAJOR INVESTOR

Frank Fuhrer II, one of the partners in Pittsburgh Pirates Acquisition Inc., who helped Kevin McClatchy buy the troubled franchise, has withdrawn from the partnership and taken his $5M with him. Accor

Tags: Franchises, MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates

08/08/96
FULL SWING: SQUARE TWO RE-UPS WITH LPGA

Fairfield, NJ-based Square Two Golf, the Official Club of the LPGA since ''81, has announced an extension of its licensing agreement through 2003, with a two-year option to renew through 2005. The agr

Tags: LPGA, Minnesota Lynx

08/08/96
ATHLETES IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MILLER CHANGES REPRESENTATION

Frank Vuono, President of Integrated Sports Int''l, announced a formal agreement with Leigh Steinberg, agent to U.S. gymnast Kerri Strug. However, Vuono also reported that ISI and Shannon Miller, Stru

Tags: Olympics

08/08/96
SPORTSCHANNEL FLORIDA AND PANTHERS COME TO TERMS

SportsChannel Florida and the Panthers announced a multi- year agreement yesterday which enables the RSN to televise up to 65 regular season games starting this season. The schedule will make up the l

Tags: Miami Heat, Media

08/08/96
WHAT'S TAKING LOS ANGELES SO LONG?

A new $240M, 20,000-seat downtown arena for the Lakers and Kings could lead to a "revival" in L.A., writes L.A. TIMES columnist James Flanigan. But, unless the city "gets it act together" the proposed

Tags: AEG, Facilities, Los Angeles Lakers

08/08/96
2008/2012: NORTH AMERICAN CITIES BEGIN JOCKEYING

Despite the well publicized comments of IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch''s critique of the Atlanta Olympics as too corporate, many U.S. cities are going ahead with plans to bid for 2008. Many in

Tags: IOC, Olympics, USOC

08/08/96
FRANCHISE NOTES

Secaucus, NJ, Mayor Anthony Just said there is no room for a major league baseball team on his side of the Hudson River. Just: "Our area of New Jersey is completely overwhelmed with traffic congestion

Tags: Franchises, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Yankees, YankeeNets

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