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Volume 24 No. 159

Sports Industrialists

     An exclusive look at the agents representing the NBA's first
round draft picks from THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY.      EDITOR'S
NOTE:  That Rasheed Wallace will go with Bill Strickland of IMG
is based on a report by Richard Justice in this morning's
WASHINGTON POST.
     PLAYER              AGENT/FIRM
1.   Joe Smith           Len Elmore/Precept Sports
2.   Antonio McDyess     TBA
3.   Jerry Stackhouse    Lee Fentress/Advantage Int'l
4.   Rasheed Wallace     Bill Strickland/IMG
5.   Kevin Garnett       Eric Fleisher/Entersport
6.   Bryant Reeves       David Falk/FAME
7.   Damon Stoudamire    Fred L. Slaughter
8.   Shawn Respert       Carl Poston/Prof. Sports Planning Corp.
9.   Ed O'Bannon         Arn Tellem/O'Neill & Lysaght
10.  Kurt Thomas         Jerry Hicks/Epstein Becker & Green
11.  Gary Trent          Brig Owens/Bennett & Owens
12.  Cherokee Parks      Lon Babby/Williams & Connolly
13.  Corliss Williamson  Kevin Scanlon
14.  Eric Williams       Mark Bartelstein/Just Sports Enterprises
15.  Brent Barry         Arn Tellem/O'Neill & Lysaght
16.  Alan Henderson      Bill Strickland/IMG
17.  Bob Sura            Jeff Wechsler/FAME
18.  Theo Ratliff        Joel Bell/Advantage Int'l
19.  Randolph Childress  Len Elmore/Precept Sports
20.  Jason Caffey        William McCardless
21.  Michael Finley      Henry Thomas/Thomas Sports Mgmt
22.  George Zidek        Peter Schultz/Kodash, Inc.
23.  Travis Best         Joel Bell/Advantage Int'l
24.  Loren Meyer         Eric Fleisher/Entersport
25.  David Vaughn        Jimmy Sexton/Athletic Resource Mgmt
26.  Sherell Ford        Steven Whitman
27.  Mario Bennett       Bill Duffy/Sports West Management
28.  Greg Ostertag       Lee Fentress/Advantage Int'l
29.  Cory Alexander      George Bass/AAI Sports Inc.

     DANNY VILLANEUVA JR. was named President and GM of MLS's
L.A. franchise.  Villaneuva is President of Villaneuva Companies,
which have interests in radio and TV broadcasting
(MLS)....Philadelphia lawyer GEORGE BOCHETTE will be sworn in
today as PA State Athletic Commissioner (PSAC)....The Lowell, MA,
AHL group has named TOM ROWE Exec VP/Ops for its newly acquired
franchise (AHL)....Marlins Assistant GM FRANK WREN became the
third finalist to interview for the Devil Rays GM job.  The team
has also interviewd the Braves' CHUCK LAMAR and the Cubs' AL
GOLDIS (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 6/30).

     IMG's BARRY FRANK "is considered to be the front-runner to
become baseball's TV negotiator" (USA TODAY, 6/30).... Sports
stars who have "been knocked from a very high pedestal" were
examined on "Entertainment Tonight."  Included:  PETE ROSE,
DARRYL STRAWBERRY, and MIKE TYSON ("ET," 6/29)....49ers Owner
EDWARD DEBARTOLO has agreed to sell two LA riverboat casinos for
$125M (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/30)....Blues Coach/GM MIKE KEENAN
will remain in St. Louis.  Keenan: "I would like, if I possibly
could, to end my career here as a Blue."  KEITH OLBERMANN called
it the "hockey equivalent, of LARRY BROWN buying a home with
cash" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 6/29).