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     As reported in this week's BRANDWEEK, Reebok Int'l confirmed
that it has offered to sponsor the proposed "barnstorming tour"
of striking baseball players.  The MLBPA's executive board will
consider Reebok's reported $25M offer at its next meeting,
January 31 in Washington (Ronald Blum, AP/FT. WORTH STAR-
TELEGRAM, 1/24).  Paul Molitor: "It could be something similar to
Gretzky's tour of Europe, although I'm not sure this one would go
abroad."  According to agent Tony Attanasio, a setup involving
four teams of all-stars who would play round-robin tourneys in 15
cities has been discussed (Mike Zeisberger, TORONTO SUN, 1/24).
Nike VP/Public Relations Keith Peters said his company will not
try to sideline its endorsers from participating: "When we were
trying to stage an all-star series last fall, we hoped it would
truly be all-stars, including Frank Thomas"   -- a Reebok
endorser (Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY, 1/24).