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Clubhouse Collectibles Inc. owner Daryl Jones thought he had scored an economic slam-dunk by signing a three-year contract in 1997 with Abe Pollin’s Washington Sports & Entertainment (WS&E) (“Card Sharking,” 8/14/98). When Pollin originally pitched the downtown arena to local officials, he promised to hire homegrown talent like Jones, who owns a novelty store in Hyattsville. The contract gave Jones exclusive rights to sell trading cards at all MCI Center basketball and professional wrestling events. Jones now says that Pollin’s group—which owns the arena—body-slammed him instead. Despite Jones’ exclusive contract, EPM Marketing and the National Sports Gallery, MCI’s interactive sports museum, hawked cards as well. And when Jones complained about that and other contract discrepancies, WS&E officials locked him out of MCI Center events. In April 1999, Jones sued. Two weeks ago, a D.C. Superior Court jury agreed that WS&E had breached the contract and awarded Jones $169,406. “I’m satisfied with it,” says Jones. —Elissa Silverman