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Volume 24 No. 113

Leagues Governing Bodies

     Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said a vote on revenue-
sharing is possible when MLB owners meet this week in Phoenix,
and added that -- if approved -- a plan could take effect this
season (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 3/19).       OLD-TIMERS SUE:
A group of retired players sued MLB, "saying they are being
cheated out of royalties from sales of baseball cards, films and
other memorabilia."  Two suits filed in Oakland by 82-year-old
Pete Coscarat represent more than 800 retirees and heirs (USA
TODAY, 3/19).

     The NBA's lawsuit against the NBPA and six top agents "is a
direct response to the unsettled state of the union," according
to David Moore of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  When Simon Gourdine
was ousted as Exec Dir in January, Jeffrey Kessler, one of the
leaders of last summer's decertification fight, was retained to
represent the union in final CBA negotiations.  NBA Deputy
Commissioner Russ Granik says, when Kessler was brought on, "98
to 99 percent of the contract's wording had been completed."
But, according to Granik, in their first meeting with Kessler he
said "they wanted to start over."  Granik:  "Just because we
changed negotiators, we felt that gave them no right to back out
on portions of the deal."  The players have decided to hire a
head-hunting firm to find a new Exec Dir, but they "haven't been
able to agree on what firm should be hired."  Until the players
make a hire, "it's difficult to imagine the league and union
reaching an accord" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/19).

     The NFL announced yesterday Super Bowl XXXIII, originally
scheduled to be held in San Francisco, will be held elsewhere,
according to the S.F. CHRONICLE.  The city will still host a
Super Bowl, but when that will happen "is still up in the air."
After a weekend meeting with Mayor Willie Brown, 49ers President
Carmen Policy and S.F. Convention and Visitors Bureau President
John Marks, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue agreed to let San
Francisco host the Super Bowl a year after a new stadium is
built.  The NFL says, ideally, the game would be played in 2001
or 2002.  Brown and the 49ers are negotiating how to finance a
new stadium.  Some sources say an announcement could come this
week, others say longer (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/19).  The NFL is
expected to address the 2001 and 2002 Super Bowls at its annual
meeting in October.  Finalists for '99 and 2000: Atlanta,
Arizona, L.A., South FL and Tampa (Clark Judge, SAN JOSE MERCURY
NEWS, 3/19).  Vikings President Roger Headrick says there is a
good chance the Metrodome could be the site of the 2002 Super
Bowl if the Twins get a new baseball-only stadium (Minneapolis
STAR-TRIBUNE, 3/17).