NAMES IN THE NEWS
LEIGH STEINBERG said that his firm, STEINBERG AND
MOORAD, "is branching out by developing television shows
featuring athletes, and even creating Web sites." Steinberg
is also continuing to "pursue his dream" -- a "Sportstown"
theme-park concept. Steinberg, on negotiations his firm has
had with six "major corporations" about the possibility of
selling the firm: "We're going to go ahead with our ideas
regardless of what happens with these discussions. But it
may be that these groups we're talking with can accelerate
that process" (Mark Emmons, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/23).
....JERRY SEINFELD will throw out the first pitch at
Saturday's Yankees-Mets game at Shea Stadium (N.Y. POST,
6/24)....Actor KEVIN COSTNER will star in his third baseball
film, Universal's "For the Love of the Game." SAM RAIMI
will direct, with some filming at Yankee Stadium (HOLLYWOOD
REPORTER, 6/24)....In N.Y., Michael Starr examines "THE
MAGIC HOUR," saying that it "needs to rebound if it's going
to survive in the late-night talk show arena." TN Media
VP/Research Whitey Chapin: "I think it's fair to say that
the outlook isn't favorable" (N.Y. POST, 6/24)....Former
Lakers G ANTHONY PEELER filed a negligence lawsuit claiming
his ex-agent, ERIC FLEISHER, "didn't give him enough notice
to renegotiate a contract or get traded before an option
expired" (AP/ESPN SportsZone, 6/24)....Thursday's NHL TV
Awards Special, which will air on ESPN2, will feature model
LINDA EVANGELISTA, actors DAVE FOLEY, JOSHUA JACKSON,
NICHOLAS LEA, JC MACKENZIE, ANGELA FEATHERSTONE and U.S.
women's hockey member CAMMI GRANATO as presenters (NHL).