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          Recently fired Pistons coach Doug Collins signed a deal
     with NBC Sports, and will join the network's No. 1 broadcast
     team of Bob Costas and Isiah Thomas beginning March 29,
     according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES.  NBC Sports
     President Dick Ebersol "denied" that Collins' deal, which is
     worth "about" $750,000 a year and runs through 2002, "was a
     way to compensate for Thomas's lack of experience."  Collins
     will also work basketball for NBC at the 2000 Olympics (N.Y.
     TIMES, 3/18).  Collins will work four regular-season games
     and the playoffs for NBC (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 3/18). 
     Collins said that he asked his agent to contact Ebersol
     after his negotiations to return to TNT "hit a snag."  He
     had worked as a TNT analyst for six years (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
     3/18).  Bill Walton, who has joined the No.1 team for the
     NBA Finals in recent years, "will instead work" on "NBA
     Showtime" during the Finals (L.A. TIMES, 3/18).   
          NAME GAME: WNBC-TV "officially confirmed" that WFAN-
     AM's Mike Francesa will team with Dave Jennings to host
     "GameDay New York," an NFL pregame show to air Sunday
     mornings next season (N.Y. POST, 3/18)....Lesley Visser is
     replacing Lynn Swann as sideline reporter on ABC's "Monday
     Night Football" (USA TODAY, 3/18)....49ers LB Gary Plummer
     will retire from the team and become the color analyst on
     KGO-AM broadcasts of 49ers games (S.J. MERCURY-NEWS, 3/18).