Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, who made the traditionally money-losing Olympics profitable, is discussing a purchase of strikebound Eastern Airlines, sources said. Another well-known figure, former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci, is being mentioned as a candidate for the airline's bankruptcy examiner.
News of Mr. Ueberroth's interest came as takeover specialist Carl Icahn was reportedly resuming talks with Eastern's unions about a possible takeover.
Ueberroth met with Eastern officials in December during baseball's winter meetings in Atlanta, a baseball source said.
A federal judge in Miami, meanwhile, scheduled a hearing for Thursday on Eastern's efforts to force its rebellious pilots back to work.