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  • HOCKEY HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 13: NO TALKS SCHEDULED

         "The fear is that hockey has slipped into an extended deep
    freeze.  There are no talks planned in the dispute and there's
    some thought the two parties might not warm to negotiations until
    games start being cancelled.  That could come this weekend" (Paul
    Hunter, TORONTO STAR, 10/13).  Neither the NHLPA nor the NHL
    could confirm if players would or would not be paid per lost
    game, but Canucks Owner Arthur Griffiths said there would be a
    "pro-rata loss of salary" (David Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL,
    10/13).
         MOVING TO A CAP?  In New York, Murray Chass reports that
    some owners have raised the notion of converting the luxury tax
    plan to a straight salary cap, "as in, 'if we're going to have a
    war, let's have a war over a salary cap.'"  While it "was not by
    any means the prevailing view," the sentiment "reflects the
    bleakness of the negotiating situation for the near future."  One
    person close to the union, on the luxury tax: "If that's an
    ongoing condition of a deal, there will never be a deal" (N.Y.
    TIMES, 10/13).
         LOSSES:  Senators Owner Rod Bryden projects the team will
    lose $15M if the season is lost and $8M if there is a 50-game
    schedule.  But Bryden foresees no layoffs and no delays on
    construction of the Palladium, the team's new $200M home (John
    MacKinnon, OTTAWA CITIZEN, 10/13).  Maple Leaf President Cliff
    Fletcher also predicted a $15M loss if there is no season (Damien
    Cox, TORONTO STAR, 10/13).
         GOODENOW-BASHING:  Capitals Owner Abe Pollin tells the
    WASHINGTON POST that during the '92 labor talks he opened the
    books on the Capitals and the Capital Centre for Goodenow to
    prove the team lost money, only to hear that two days later
    Goodenow was calling them "fake numbers" (Len Hochberg,
    WASHINGTON POST, 10/13).  Whalers Owner Peter Karmanos said he
    paid Goodenow for help in attaining a franchise when Goodenow was
    a player agent.  Karmanos claims Goodenow billed him "thousands"
    every month and "assured" him he would get a franchise.
    Goodenow:  "I never, ever assured them of a team.  That's
    ridiculous."  Karmanos:  "I'm saying he's very arrogant"
    (HARTFORD COURANT, 10/12).
         OTHER OWNERSHIP QUOTES:  Blues President Jack Quinn:  "We're
    saying to the players, 'Fellas, you're already in far more than
    50-50.  We're trying to tell you to slow down.  You can't have
    Christmas every year" (Dave Luecking, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH,
    10/13).  Arthur Griffiths, on the NHLPA's mistrust of ownership's
    figures:  "It's easier to say they don't believe you than bring
    in their auditors" (Iain MacIntyre, VANCOUVER SUN, 10/13).
    Griffiths did note that "some local advertising" did not figure
    into gross revenues (Vancouver PROVINCE, 10/13).  Bruins Pres/GM
    Harry Sinden: "We are prepared at the moment to take a hit, I'm
    not going to tell you what the number is, but it's a big-time hit
    across the league" ("SportsCenter," 10/12).
         PLAYER QUOTES:  Blues winger Brendan Shanahan:  "For Gary
    Bettman to react the way he did leaves me no other conclusion
    than his sole intention is to break the union" (Dave Luecking,
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/13).  Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick: "I'm
    ready to sit here a year or two, I'll go play in Europe if I have
    to" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 10/12).  Lightning Player Rep Brian
    Bradley:  "I don't think anything's going to happen until maybe
    Nov. 1. ... The whole thing is trust.  They don't trust us and we
    don't trust them" (Roy Cummings, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/13).  NHLPA VP
    Kelly Miller said that NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow told players
    to "prepare to lose the entire" season (Baltimore SUN, 10/13).
         THE "I" IS WATCHING:  While IHL Commissioner Bob Ufer said
    he would not recommend that his GM's sign locked-out NHLers,
    other agents are keeping open the possibility.  Agent Steve
    Bartlett:  "A lot of my players are saying, 'Why not?'  Every
    player I have is willing to look at it."  But agent Rick Curran
    is recommending against it since IHL teams are requesting 100%
    commitment to the whole season (Viv Bernstein, HARTFORD COURANT,
    10/13).  There is talk on the West Coast of a player-staged
    "California Cup" among the Sharks, Kings and Ducks (SAN JOSE
    MERCURY NEWS, 10/13).
         EUROPE, HO?  Int'l Ice Hockey Federation countries are bring
    advised by the NHL to prohibit contracted players from playing.
    NHL Dir of Hockey Operations Brian Burke reportedly told Swedish
    League President Tommy Toppel that NHLers are not allowed to play
    in Sweden.  Finnish League President Urpo Hilkovaara has said his
    league will not allow NHL players to join (Mike Weaver, SAN JOSE
    MERCURY NEWS, 10/13).  But today's WINNIPEG SUN reports that "the
    way has been cleared" for Teemu Selanne to rejoin his old Finnish
    team, Jokerit (Ed Willes, WINNIPEG SUN, 10/13).
         FOOT SOLDIER:  CNN's Nick Charles reports Sabres goalie
    Dominik Hasek is playing soccer at training camp of the NPSL's
    Buffalo Blizzard ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 10/12).
         WALKING THE LINE:  The CANADIAN PRESS reports some U.S.
    players are filing for unemployment insurance.  Edmonton-based
    agent Rich Winter:  "Here I am, a high-profile player agent with
    a young superstar, and I'm talking about [unemployment].  He was
    asking me questions on how to fill out the form, it's hilarious"
    (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 10/13).
    

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  • MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER '95 START MAY BE IN DOUBT

         MLS organizers will meet with prospective investors this
    Monday "to determine whether the league will begin as scheduled
    in April, and if so, with how many teams."  Among the possible
    backers scheduled to attend are three NFL owners (Lamar Hunt,
    Robert Kraft and Alex Spanos); representatives of VA businessman
    John Kluge -- Forbes' 3rd richest person in America; members of a
    partnership involving basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon; and the
    head of a firm that serves as the USSF's sole marketing agent.
    FIFA General Secretary Joseph Blatter: "I'm sure they will start
    in April."  Asked about a delay until '96: "It would be a
    disappointment. ... Naturally there is going to be a negative
    image of their organizational abilities.  But it would not be the
    end of our effort to help."  Even if all goes well on Monday with
    the potential investors, MLS will begin with only 10 teams,
    instead of 12 as planned.  MLS is offering shares of the league
    in $5M units.  MLS officials have said they need an initial
    investment of about $75M to get started (Goff & Berkowitz,
    WASHINGTON POST, 10/13).
         POST-WORLD CUP NEWS:  World Cup officials in Dallas
    announced that the international soccer tournament generated
    $144M in direct spending for the Dallas area and an overall
    economic impact of $301M (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/12).
    

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  • NHL RELEASES ITS VERSION OF HOCKEY'S ECONOMICS

         In conjunction with Commissioner Gary Bettman's announcement
    that the NHL Board of Governors had rejected the NHLPA's most
    recent proposal, the NHL released a detailed statement comparing
    the league and the union proposals and outlining the league's
    financial condition:
            PERCENT INCREASE/DECREASE FROM 1989-90 TO 1993-94
         (The '93-94 numbers are based on preliminary estimates)
                        
    
    89-90
    90-91
    91-92
    92-93
    93-94
    +/-
    AVG TICKET PRICE
    $18.60
    $20.73
    $22.86
    $26.17
    $29.05
    +56%
    REVENUES
    398M
    449M
    498M
    604M
    717M
    +80%
    AVG PLAYER SALARY
    232K
    253K
    369K
    463K
    558K
    +140%
    PLAYER COSTS
    166M
    200M
    272M
    358M
    440M
    +165%
    PROFIT/LOSS
    50.3M
    44.1M
    -13.6M
    -30M
    -37.6M
    -175%
    NO. OF TEAMS
    21
    21
    22
    24
    26
    COMPARISON OF TAX CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER NHL AND NHLPA PROPOSALS (Figures in thousands of dollars)
    NHLPA
    NHL
    NHLPA
    NHLPA
    NHL
    NHLPA
    22-Sep
    5-Oct
    10-Oct
    22-Sep
    5-Oct
    10-Oct
    1
    NYR
    $2,406
    $3,335
    $2,119
    10
    BOS
    $1,803
    $578
    $983
    2
    DET
    2,346
    3,398
    2,088
    11
    MON
    1,681
    480
    917
    3
    PIT
    2,290
    2,844
    2,034
    12
    NJ
    1,552
    413
    847
    4
    LA
    2,237
    2,030
    1,969
    13
    SJ
    1,800
    656
    765
    5
    CHI
    2,193
    722
    1,513
    14
    ANA
    1,699
    650
    742
    6
    STL
    2,039
    1,688
    1,475
    15
    VAN
    1,489
    479
    590
    7
    PHI
    1,981
    607
    1,397
    16
    QUE
    1,343
    339
    470
    8
    TOR
    1,740
    485
    1,265
    17
    NYI
    1,480
    0
    0
    9
    DAL
    1,952
    632
    1,065

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  • REPORTS FROM THE OTHER SPORTS EXPERIENCING LABOR PAINS

         BASEBALL:  Representatives for MLB's owners and striking
    players said yesterday that formal labor negotiations "likely
    will not resume until early next week.  But the sides probably
    will speak today about the owners' proposal to put a 45-day
    freeze on players filing for free agency and signing contracts"
    (WASHINGTON POST, 10/13).
         BASKETBALL:  Players at the Hawks training camp are not
    thinking about a strike.  Hawks captain Kevin Willis: "There
    won't be a strike in the NBA.  I guarantee we'll be playing
    ball."  Hawks Player Rep Jon Koncak said the team has not
    discussed the league's labor situation since training camp
    started.  Koncak said "conciliatory messages" from NBA
    Commissioner David Stern and Hawks President Stan Kasten "have
    helped bury the subject."  Craig Ehlo, in his 12th year, "says if
    any thought has been given to such an issue, it is growing
    agreement among veteran players for the establishment of a rookie
    salary cap": "It's ridiculous for guys who have never played in
    the league to be making so much money [while] good veteran
    players can't get contracts.  Something needs to be done"
    (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/13).
    

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