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NHL, NHLPA TO MEET AMID DISCUSSIONS OF SHORTENED SEASON

     The NHL and the NHLPA are scheduled to meet Friday in either
Toronto or New York to resume negotiations on a collective
bargaining agreement (Dave Fuller, TORONTO SUN 9/14).  Player
Agent Rob Ingraham told the SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY yesterday that
despite the talks, a lockout is still likely: "I think these
discussions have started too late to allow for the give-and-take
that is required for progress in these type of negotiations" (THE
DAILY, 9/14).
     OWNERS PLANNING SHORTENED SEASON?  Speculation continued
yesterday that the league plans to begin the season October 1,
and then lock out the players a few days later so that owners
don't have to give entire refunds to season ticket holders.  In
fact, one source within the NHLPA alleged that the league owners
had already drawn up a 50-game schedule for the coming season in
anticipation of a long work stoppage (Dave Fuller, TORONTO SUN,
9/14).
     BREAK IN UNION?  There are "rumblings of dissension within
the players ranks -- chiefly over the issue of a rookie salary
cap."  According to one source, the NHL has proposed setting a
$500,000 limit on entry level salaries in lieu of team-wide
controls.  Fuller adds, "Some players would agree to that kind of
trade-off" (TORONTO SUN, 9/14).
     THE GREAT ONES WILL GET THE CASH:  In Vancouver, Kent
Gilchrist writes, "No matter what the next collective bargaining
agreement brings, the reality of hockey in the '90s means there
are going to be a few core players and then everyone else"
(VANCOUVER PROVINCE, 9/14).
     LINKAGE WITH THE NEW TV DEAL?  NHL Commissioner Gary
Bettman, after announcing the new Fox/ESPN TV arrangement (See
story num. 5):  "I have a theory that everything is linked to
everything else.  I wish it was, so I could hold a news
conference tomorrow and announce an agreement on our other
negotiations."  In St. Louis, Jeff Gordon writes one aspect of
the new TV deals -- "the willingness  of local clubs to waive
some blackout rights over Fox and ESPN -- is a small step in the
revenue-sharing direction.  Individual clubs will actually make a
sacrifice to increase the revenue pool all clubs draw from" (ST.
LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/14).
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