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Playboy Special Report: New Information Revealed in This Exclusive Inside Story of the BALCO Steroids Investigation.

NEW YORK, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- As baseball players return to form during spring training, fans are riveted by news of the BALCO steroids investigation. In "Gunning for the Big Guy," posted exclusively today on Playboy.com and scheduled to be published in the May issue of Playboy magazine (on newsstands Friday, April 9), reporter Jonathan Littman has uncovered previously unknown facts about the investigation, including:
 1. HOW IT STARTED: The origins of an unprecedented multi-agency task
 force that began with a federal agent's single-minded focus on baseball
 superstar Barry Bonds.

 2. THE UNDERCOVER ANGLE: Previous press reports have failed to
 acknowledge the role of an undercover narcotics investigator who
 trained with Bonds' trainer, Greg Anderson. Undercover cop Iran White
 wore a wire and carried a weapon during these training sessions. As a
 result of a strenuous training session, White suffered a stroke and
 could not return to the case. White has never before spoken to the
 media about this assignment and BALCO.

 3. THE TIMING: The investigation did not start, as previously reported,
 with a steroid-tinged syringe sent to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but
 with months of undercover surveillance. This feature takes a look at
 why the government moved on BALCO when it did and what it might have
 lost.

 4. THE RIVALRY BETWEEN SPORTS GURUS: How BALCO owner Victor Conte's rival
 allegedly implicated him to the authorities.




This article is based on extensive interviews with White, the case's key undercover man, and on more than 60 interviews with dozens of sources during six months of reporting. "Gunning for the Big Guy" offers the untold story of the case that is making daily headlines and forcing fundamental changes within the sports world.

Playboy Enterprises is a brand-driven, international multimedia entertainment company that publishes editions of Playboy magazine around the world; operates Playboy and Spice television networks and distributes programming via home video and DVD globally; licenses the Playboy and Spice trademarks internationally for a range of consumer products and services; and operates Playboy.com, a leading men's lifestyle and entertainment Web site.

CONTACT: Jay Jay Nesheim of Playboy Enterprises, +1-212-261-4933, jayjayn@playboy.com
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