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         In what Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver termed an "emotional"
    meeting, NFL owners approved the NFL Management Council Executive
    Committee's (CEC) recommendation for an expansion stocking plan.
    The plan awards the Panthers and Jaguars 14 extra draft picks in
    '95 and '96, including additional selections in each round of the
    April '95 draft. It also allows the teams to start signing free-
    agent players not on NFL rosters on December 15, 11 days before
    the end of the regular season.  In February '95, a veteran
    allocation draft will occur from which the two teams will select
    between 30-42 players from the 28 existing rosters (Charles
    Chandler, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/29).
         IS EVERYONE HAPPY?  Panthers President Mike McCormack:
    "We're pleased with it.  There are some things you don't like.
    We didn't get everything we wanted.  But it's a plan we can live
    with."  Panthers GM Bill Polian called the extra draft picks
    "huge" (Charles Chandler, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/29).  Wayne
    Weaver: "Having 10 picks in the first three rounds, that is
    really big" (Gordon Forbes, USA TODAY, 9/29).  Chiefs GM Carl
    Peterson called it "an extremely fair and generous stocking
    plan":  "I think both expansion teams should be very happy"
         REALIGNMENT EXAMINED:  The realignment "logjam" continued,
    "furthering the likelihood" the Panthers will be slotted in the
    NFC West and the Jaguars in the AFC Central, "with no movement of
    existing teams."  McCormack said owners "are all for it until
    they have to move."  Cowboys owner Jerry Jones feels because of
    the "complexities involved with realignment," he foresees no
    changes (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/29).  The league is examining six
    plans ranging from slotting the two teams in the current 4-team
    divisions to having nine teams total changing divisions,
    including four conference changes (Gordon Forbes, USA TODAY,
    9/29).  In Tampa, Pat Yasinkas sees the chances of the Bucs
    moving to the NFC or AFC East "on the rise" (TAMPA TRIBUNE,
         COOKE CLEAR TO MOVE: The owners approved the Redskins'
    request to move from RFK Stadium in DC to a proposed new 78,600-
    seat stadium in Laurel, MD.  The vote was "not unanimous, with
    several teams, including the Rams, abstaining."  Commissioner
    Paul Tagliabue emphasized that the vote would have no impact on
    Baltimore's plans to get a team (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON
    POST, 9/29).

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         MONTREAL:  David Johnston writes that Bettman "is poised to
    become the first person in the history of hockey not to get a
    two-minute penalty for blatant delay of game" (MONTREAL GAZETTE,
         TORONTO:  Christie Blatchford writes that Bettman "doesn't
    understand our [Canadian] culture, the hockey culture, and makes
    virtually no effort now to disguise his lack of interest."
    Blatchford warns that Bettman "better not push his luck": "If the
    Commissioner wants a fight, he shall have it.  He may not be able
    to tiptoe through the blood so easily" (TORONTO SUN, 9/29).
         VANCOUVER:  Mike Beamish calls Bettman a "mouse who can
    roar" (VANCOUVER SUN, 9/29).
         NEW YORK:  Joe LaPointe writes: "Although somewhat
    understandable, the personal criticism of Bettman is somewhat
    simplistic" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/29).  Frank Brown: "Starting the
    season without an agreement is suicide" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/29).
    Larry Brooks criticizes the NHLPA: "This union's righteous stance
    against negotiating a cap on its members' income has no basis in
    real collective-bargaining history."  Brooks adds:  "The fehr
    [sic] of many NHL management people is being realized:  that
    Goodenow is more concerned with his and his union's image with
    Major League Baseball Players' Association executive director Don
    Fehr and his striking ballplayers than he is in working with
    ownership to carve an agreement" (N.Y. POST, 9/29).
         FLORIDA:  In Miami, David Neal notes that you do not "shoot
    yourself in the foot then scream 'Medic!'  You slap a field
    dressing on there": "Which is why Bettman is failing the NHL as
    field officer by calling for a lockout and rationalizing it by
    saying he doesn't want to end this labor dispute with a short-
    term solution, but rather one that will help hockey in the long
    term" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/29).
         BOSTON:  Kevin Paul Dupont offers a positive profile of
    Bettman and credits him for getting hockey "in the race for the
    American sports dollar" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/29).  But Michael Gee
    criticizes Bettman and NHL owners for fighting over money that
    isn't there yet:  "Winning back old customers after a work
    stoppage is difficult.  Winning new customers without a product
    to give them is impossible" (BOSTON HERALD, 9/29).
         LOS ANGELES:  Ron Rappoport writes: "Tell the truth now.
    Bettman is secretly still working for the National Basketball
    Association, right?" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 9/28).

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         NBPA Exec Dir Charles Grantham said the union will seek to
    put on its own games should the NBA lock out its players at or
    near the start of the '94-95 season in November.  Grantham:  "My
    reaction is that we'll just have to show basketball in a
    different way.  We'll play our own games, and, hopefully, we'll
    get them on television.  If they're preventing us from working,
    then that gives us the right to play elsewhere.  If they, in
    fact, move to lock the players out, we would go elsewhere."  A
    source within NBA management told the BOSTON HERALD that any
    lockout is not likely until Thanksgiving (Steve Bulpett, BOSTON
    HERALD, 9/28).  Rudy Martzke reports that CBS college basketball
    announcer Billy Packer said he has let the NBPA know that "he'd
    like to be involved in arranging for telecasts of 'alternative
    games.'"  Packer:  "This is business, like a hundred things I'm
    doing.  But whatever anybody says, I'm acting on behalf of Billy
    Packer, not CBS Sports."  But CBS Sports Senior VP Rick Gentile
    "unequivocally" denies a report that CBS and ESPN have a deal to
    televise 10 charity games in case of a lockout.  NBC Sports
    President Dick Ebersol, whose network carries the NBA:  "I don't
    know where Billy gets the time for this.  I thought he spent most
    of his time in airports, hanging around with bowlers and trying
    to find out who's more popular, him or the bowlers."  NBA Deputy
    Commissioner Russ Granik:  "There is no lockout, so there is no
    reason to engage in any debate about the consequences of a
    lockout" (USA TODAY, 9/29).

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         The NFLPA and four Eagles players whose salaries were cut as
    much as 30% last month are taking the club to arbitration in an
    effort to regain lost wages.  Attorney Shepard Goldfein of the NY
    Bar Association's Sports Law Committee is scheduled to arbitrate
    the case on October 11.  According to NFLPA Asst Exec Dir Doug
    Allen, the union seeks to have salaries restored to previously
    negotiated figures (Kevin Mulligan, PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 9/28).

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         In New York, Larry Brooks reports that the plan rejected by
    the NHLPA would have created a minimum team salary as well as
    restraints on spending.  Currently, there is a $14M gap between
    the highest-spending team and the lowest (N.Y. POST, 9/29).  The
    following is a list of 1994-95 calculated team payrolls as
    tabulated by THE HOCKEY NEWS.  The payrolls below are not final,
    as several teams have significant players yet to sign (HOCKEY
    NEWS, 9/30 issue).
    1 Blues
    14 Flyers
    2 Kings
    15 Calgary
    3 Penguins
    16 Caps
    4 Detroit
    17 Quebec
    5 Sabres^
    18 Montreal
    6 Rangers^
    19 Bruins
    7 Chicago
    20 Islanders
    8 Canucks
    21 Anaheim
    9 Toronto
    22 Florida
    10 Devils
    23 Sharks
    11 Whalers
    24 Lightning
    12 Dallas
    25 Ottawa
    13 Jets
    26 Oilers


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         NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow yesterday rejected a revised
    proposal submitted Tuesday by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
    Goodenow said the same problems that existed in previous
    proposals remain.  With no formal negotiations scheduled today or
    in the near future, "apparently all that remains" is for Bettman
    to officially postpone the start of the season.  Bettman will
    brief owners on the talks today and, "barring a major miracle,"
    will announce Friday that the season will be postponed.  Bettman
    said he "was not surprised" by Goodenow's decision not to
    continue talking: "They said they would let us know when we are
    ready to meet a gain and they have not suggested a meeting or
    requested one."  Goodenow "did not hold out any hope" of a
    upcoming resolution (John MacKinnon, OTTAWA CITIZEN, 9/29).
         MAJOR MISCONDUCT FROM CHELIOS:  The dispute "turned ugly"
    yesterday when the Blackhawks' Chris Chelios warned Bettman that
    "his life could be in danger if he locks out players" (Dave
    Fuller, TORONTO SUN, 9/29).  Besides the threat, Chelios said the
    problem with the negotiations is that Bettman "doesn't know
    anything about hockey": "I don't know whether it's this little
    man syndrome or what.  He's the problem" ("SportsCenter," ESPN,
    9/29).  Chelios' criticisms were one of many made by other
    players "lining up to take pokes" at Bettman.  The Nordiques' Joe
    Sakic said Bettman "knows nothing about hockey and doesn't care
    whether there is hockey or not" (TORONTO SUN, 9/29).  The Bruins'
    Cam Neely:  "They're not shooting themselves in the foot. They're
    shooting themselves in the head, if you ask me" ("SportsCenter,"
    ESPN, 9/28).  The NHL could issue a $500 fine against Chelios
    (TORONTO SUN, 9/29).  The Sharks' Vlastimil Kroupa said Bettman's
    proposal "reminds me a lot of those days in the Soviet Union when
    I played for the Russian national team" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS,
         SUPPORT FOR BETTMAN WANING?  In Toronto, Dave Fuller reports
    that NHL sources claim that while Bettman has the public support
    of the 26 teams, a "handful of wealthier clubs -- including St.
    Louis and Chicago -- don't like what's going on" (TORONTO SUN,
    9/29).  But in Vancouver, Frank Luba reports that the Canucks
    will not lose a profitable cash flow due to the upcoming
    postponement of the season. "No games means no salaries or rent."
    Canucks owner Arthur Griffiths contends that despite reaching the
    Stanley Cup finals last season, the club "still managed to make
    less than the average player makes": "It's appropriate to take a
    hard position at this point" (VANCOUVER PROVINCE, 9/29).
         LEAGUE WAVES OFF WAIVER DRAFT:  The league yesterday
    announced the postponing of the waiver draft.  According to
    league rules, the draft will be held within seven days of the
    start of the regular season (Mult, 9/29).
         IHL, HERE THEY COME?  IHL PR Dir Tim Bryant told THE SPORTS
    BUSINESS DAILY that non-affiliated IHL teams may sign some NHL
    players: "We want nothing more than for the NHL to start its
    season.  And we realize it [signing players] is a short-term
    thing.  But some teams may" (THE DAILY).  NHLPA spokesperson
    Steve McAllister concurred.  But Capitals GM Dave Poile said
    players "will not be allowed" to play in the IHL: "The players
    are all under contract, whether the season opens or not" (Sandra
    McKee, Baltimore SUN, 9/29).

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