Charlotte Motor Speedway will put up a track-record
$3,563,794 in purses for its seven days of racing in May,
culminating with the NASCAR Winston Cup Coca-Cola 600. Speedway
founder Bruton Smith is on a tour of 20 cities in 13 states and
Europe to promote a second issue of stock in Speedway
Motorsports. This issue is for 3,100,000 shares (CHARLOTTE
OBSERVER, 3/13)....As reported yesterday, MLB licensing money was
distributed at $14,000 a player, well under previous years.
Baseball economist Andrew Zimbalist notes the drop is due to the
fact the MLBPA is reserving a large sum for their work stoppage
fund and that licensing revenue was down around 40% last year due
to the strike. Zimbalist expects the cut to be back at $100,000
this year (THE DAILY)....Promoter Jose Venzor has filed suit
against Don King and Julio Cesar Chavez, alleging the two
conspired to fix a fight last October (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/13).