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  • HOCKEY HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 25: NHLPA BOOKS RINK, NETWORK

         The NHLPA has booked Hamilton's Copps Coliseum from November
    10-12 for a tournament involving its members.  A source close to
    the NHLPA confirmed that a deal has been reached with the CTV
    television network to broadcast the games across Canada.  "The
    Hamilton tournament is expected to be the first of several held
    by the union in non-NHL cities, unless the lockout ends soon."
    Among the players expected to play are Wayne Gretzky, Doug
    Gilmour and Sergei Fedorov.  The format -- whether players
    represent their home countries or are divided up randomly -- is
    still to be decided (David Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/25).
         CHICAGO HOPE?  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Exec
    Dir Bob Goodenow held an unannounced meeting at a hotel near
    Chicago's O'Hare Airport.  It was their first face-to-face
    meeting since October 10, the day before Bettman postponed the
    season.  Representatives for both sides reported that no progress
    was made and no new proposals were presented.  Asked about the
    schedule for future meetings, NHL VP of Communications Arthur
    Pincus said, "We're not discussing it [publicly]" (Len Hochberg,
    WASHINGTON POST, 10/25).  Since Bettman meets with several player
    agents and representatives of the officials' union today, and
    Goodenow has a similar meeting with agents on Thursday, "it
    appears the earliest [another] meeting could be scheduled is
    Friday" (Frank Orr, TORONTO STAR, 10/25).  "A lot of activity,
    but no progress" (Gary Miles, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/25).
    "They might not be saying much, but they are talking" (Nancy
    Marrapese, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/25).  Bettman was accompanied by NHL
    Dir of Hockey Ops Brian Burke and General Counsel Jeffrey Pash,
    while Goodenow brought NHLPA Associate Counsel Ian Pulver (Frank
    Brown, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/25).  Goodenow:  "They were general
    discussions" (TORONTO SUN, 10/25).
         FIRST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT:  The NHL announced that it has
    canceled four games for each of the 26 clubs -- two home and two
    away.  According to the league release, "No decision will be
    announced as to which games will be canceled until a start date
    for the season can be determined" (NHL).  "The league made a
    conservative start to what is certain to be more sizable slashes
    in the schedule" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 10/25).  "The meeting
    took some of the sting off the first official cancellation of
    games" (Dave Luecking, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/25).  CNBC's
    Sue Herera: "NHL officials are finally admitting the full season
    cannot be played, even if the lockout ends" ("Market Wrap,"
    10/24).  Jets Coach & GM John Paddock:  "When the games were just
    postponed, it gave the players a false illusion that if they hung
    in there, they could still get their full pay cheque.  Now that's
    changed" (Ed Willes, WINNIPEG SUN, 10/25).
         CANADIAN FAN POLL:  The Angus Reid-Southam News survey of
    780 adult hockey fans in Canada was conducted from October 20-23.
    43% support the owners, and 25% back the players.  The rest are
    undecided or back neither or both.  Pollster Angus Reid:  "They
    believe some Canadian franchises will never be able to compete
    with large American teams, and that without some kind of salary
    limits they'll collapse and move to the U.S. ... In general,
    those regions with vulnerable teams -- Alberta, Manitoba and even
    Quebec with the Nordiques -- show the highest level of support
    for the owners" (Doug Fischer, SOUTHAM NEWS/OTTAWA CITIZEN,
    10/25).
         AS IF THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO THINK ABOUT:  Bettman and
    Pash meet with Don Meehan, agent for the league's officials, and
    NHLOA President Terry Greggson today.  Meehan says there are 10-
    12 issues still unresolved before the CBA with officials can be
    ratified, including "one big sticking point that could have
    caused a problem had the season opened as scheduled" (Lance
    Hornby, TORONTO SUN, 10/25).
    

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  • SUITS AGAINST THE NBA SALARY BEGINNING TO PILE UP

         Two NBA players, the Warriors' David Wood and the
    Timberwolves' Howard Eisley, sued the NBA in Federal Court in
    Newark, NJ, yesterday, alleging that the league's salary cap was
    "artificially reduced this season" by $2.75M per team.  The suit
    contends that the NBA lowered the players' share of revenues by
    some $74M, "anticipating a contribution to a players' pre-pension
    benefit plan."  But since plan was "terminated by the union" last
    June, the two players contend that the money was "improperly"
    returned to team owners.  The players are seeking an increase in
    the cap of approximately $2.75M per team to account for the $74M
    "allegedly kept by the league."  Attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who
    represents both players, said because of salary-cap limitations
    claimss, his clients had to sign for the league minimum
    (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/25).  NBA attorney Jeffrey Mishkin
    said that no contribution was made to the players' benefit plan
    in '93-94 because salaries exceeded 53% of defined gross revenues
    (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/25).
    

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