FAME'S DAVID FALK is interviewed in the WASHINGTON POST
and discusses a number of subjects, saying that in the last
four months MICHAEL JORDAN has turned down $300M worth of
new deals. Falk: "Basketball -- and a little bit because of
Michael's influence -- has become like a hybrid sport. It's
really not a team sport anymore. ... [I]t's become a
scenario where the star player or two on a team have
transcended the boundaries of what it used to be." Falk
also talks of his relationship with Wizards Owner ABE
POLLIN: "I would like to represent the whole team because
it's where I live. And amazingly, he doesn't either agree
or visualize that we should be partners in bringing great
basketball to Washington. ... (The relationship) is really
very, very frustrating" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/23).
READY ORR NOT? A CANADIAN PRESS report states that the
signing of hockey adolescents, the "latest trend in the
world of recruiting has sparked a fierce debate in the
hockey world. The question is: when does a player need
representation? How young is too young?" The report
profiles agent BOBBY ORR whose Woolf Associates "is one of
the most aggressive" in signing teen talent." Maple Leafs
President KEN DRYDEN: "I don't think it is any good for the
kids because I think what happens is you start to imagine
you are farther ahead than you are" (CP/EDM. JOURNAL, 3/23).
CASEY MARTIN was profiled on NBC's "Dateline," and
Stone Phillips said Martin "knows the world is watching, and
not just the golf world. As he chases his dream .... he's
come to understand that he's not just out there for himself
-- he's out there for others with hopes and dreams just like
his." Martin, "I'd like to be a role model. I'd like to do
a good job, and give kids that maybe are struggling, give
them some hope and say, 'Hey, it's possible' for them.
That's the PGA Tour's motto -- anything's possible. I'd
like to carry that banner" ("Dateline," NBC, 3/22).
ABL Rage GM CATHY ANDRUZZI will be leaving the team to
pursue other opportunities (ABL)....N.Y.-based WorldLink
East, a direct response TV sales company, named SUE
ABRUZZESE-THORMAN Dir of Business Development, GINNY MALLEY
Sales Manager and CHRISTINE TSAGAROUDAS and ARELIS TORRES as
Account Executives. Abruzzese-Thorman was former VP/Program
Sales at Fox Sports Net (WorldLink East)....NFL Oilers Media
Relations Dir DAVE PEARSON resigned to become Dir of PR for
the Seahawks (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/21).
In Detroit, Jo-Ann Barnas writes that "Edge of Glory,"
a new book by CHRISTINE BRENNAN that takes a behind-the-
scenes look at figure skaters in the year leading up to the
'98 Winter Games, "reveals some unflattering moments" of
TARA LIPINSKI's Olympic quest "and portrays her camp in
constant disarray." Lipinski's agent MIKE BURG: "I have no
comment on the book. I wouldn't justify a gossip book on
skating, which is what it is." In other news, the Lipinskis
have hired PAT KINGSLEY to be Tara's press agent. L.A.-
based Kingsley handles publicity for SHARON STONE, MERYL
STREEP and SEAN PENN (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 3/23)....The
Golden Raspberry Foundation voted DENNIS RODMAN worst
supporting actor, worst screen couple (with JEAN-CLAUDE VAN
DAMME) and worst new star for his role in "Double Team"
(HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/23)....JUSTIN LEONARD was featured in
the N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE's "MEN'S FASHION OF THE TIMES" under
the sub-head, "At 25, Justin Leonard is poised to win and
helping to change golf's reputation as the world's worst-
dressed sport" (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 3/22).