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Volume 24 No. 117

Sports Industrialists

     Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis revealed that he has
AIDS and was HIV-positive when he won two gold medals in the 1988
Olympics.  In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters to be
broadcast Friday, Louganis tells of the '88 incident in which he
struck his head on the board and bled in the pool.  Louganis did
not inform the doctor that stitched his wounds that he was HIV-
positive.  Louganis, asked why he is revealing his condition at
this time:  "I do want to show that being HIV doesn't mean the
end of life.  You can carry on, have a career, have a life.  You
don't have to fade away" (Mult., 2/23).

     Liberty Sports has named DAN CASEY Dir of Research.  He
joins Liberty from KCAL-TV (Liberty)....The Raptors have
reportedly interviewed former Blazers Public Relations Dir JOHN
LASHWAY for the same position (TORONTO STAR, 2/23). ....Suns
owner JERRY COLANGELO reportedly has DANNY AINGE in mind for a
front office position with the MLB expansion team the city hopes
to get (Toronto GLOBE AND MAIL, 2/23).... Blackhawks owner BILL
WIRTZ was released from the hospital after treatment for a blood
clot (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/23).

     The Red Sox's JOSE CANSECO opens his "controversial" new
sports management business, "40-40 Sports Council" next week in
Miami.  Canseco is "very excited about his new business and
already is recruiting younger players" while buying office space
in Miami -- all without knowing whether the MLBPA or MLB will
approve the venture.  Nick Cafardo writes that Canseco's move is
"unprecedented in sports history -- an active player owning a
firm that represents athletes."  But there are questions of
potential conflict, for example, "what if one of Canseco's
clients is pitching to him?"  MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza
said an active player cannot negotiate a contract for another
player.  While Canseco is studying the legal issues, he says the
office will be run by associate Bo McKinnis, with him acting as
president and founder.  One agent: "I don't know how they can
pull it off. ... I'd be shocked if the [MLBPA]  recognized them
as a certified firm" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/22).