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          Anaheim Sports President Tony Tavares, "long upset
     about voting rules that require three-fourths approval on
     many important baseball issues, blasted that situation
     Thursday, saying it was time to provide a new commissioner
     with real power," according to Ross Newhan of the L.A.
     TIMES.  Tavares made his comments at the Sport Summit in New
     York: "Anyone worth his salt is going to insist on systemic
     change in league rules.  If he doesn't, he will be a
     powerless commissioner.  (As it is), if I find three other
     morons in my league, if it's a good idea for the league or
     if it's not, I can block something.  We've reached the level
     of absurdity in baseball.  The rules are absolutely absurd." 
     Later, in a phone interview, Tavares said his remarks were
     not intended toward Acting Commissioner Bud Selig: "We have
     a vacuum in leadership.  I'm not saying Bud couldn't be the
     commissioner, but I am saying that whoever the new
     commissioner is, there has to be changes."  Selig, when told
     of Tavares' remarks, said, "I certainly understand Tony's
     frustrations on many matters" (L.A. TIMES, 1/16).
          PHOENIX NOTES: USA TODAY's Hal Bodley reports that MLB
     "has commissioned an investment banking firm to study the
     economic impact of a shortened regular-season schedule" (USA
     TODAY, 1/16)....MLB sources "expect" the Ownership Committee
     to recommend approval of the Dodgers sale to News Corp. and
     also expect full ownership support.  One "high-ranking" MLB
     exec: "If you let Disney in and Ted Turner in and the
     Tribune Co. in, how do you say no to Rupert Murdoch?  He's
     the biggest single investor in baseball [through his TV
     deals]" (Ross Newhan, L.A. TIMES, 1/15).