FOR MONTHS, JUSTICE DEPT. officials have huddled around their VCRs during working hours, intently studying re-runs of Atlanta Braves baseball games and 49ers gridiron contests. Slackers? Hardly. They've been looking for evidence that Philip Morris was violating the 24-year-old ban on TV cigarette advertising. After finding apparent violations in the form of telegenic billboards placed strategically in ballparks and arenas, the government and the tobacco giant announced on June 6 that the signs will no longer be visible to TV viewers. Philip Morris has admitted no fault. Nonetheless, its Marlboro Man has lost his front-row seat next to the scorer's table at Knicks games.
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