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         The "stalemated" labor negotiations between MLB owners and
    the MLBPA will resume next week, according to MLBPA General
    Counsel Gene Orza and management attorney Chuck O'Connor.
    According to Orza, the talks will include consideration of a
    recently proposed plan by which "money derived from a tax paid by
    the players based on their salaries would be added to the owners'
    revenue-sharing fund."  That plan was discussed during a
    September 24 meeting between MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr and
    Orioles owner Peter Angelos.  Under the plan discussed by the
    two, additional money would be contributed to a central fund by
    the union, possibly from the union's licensing fund.  There would
    be no salary cap, salary arbitration would be eliminated, and
    players would be given earlier free agency (Mark Maske,
         CENTER OF ATTENTION:  In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck notes that
    the union's interest in Angelos' plan puts Angelos in a "very
    uncomfortable position, and one that he strongly refused to
    comment upon yesterday.  He already was at odds with many of the
    other owners.  He does not want to give the appearance that he is
    in league with the union" (Baltimore SUN, 10/5).  Thomas Boswell
    writes that owners upset at Angelos for meeting with Fehr "may
    not be so mad when they hear what Angelos accomplished.  The
    union is close to approving an Angelos notion that would be the
    players' first significant concession in this labor war. ... The
    owners could use the cash to help bribe poor teams into changing
    their votes on the strike" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/5).
         FREEZE:  The owners have asked players to delay the start of
    free-agent filing until November 30 and for an immediate 45-day
    freeze on signings.  Under the current system, free agent filing
    begins the day after the World Series or October 15 (Mult.,
    10/5).  The union probably will  reject the proposal, "figuring a
    freeze would be far too great an advantage strategically for the
    clubs with no real advantage to the players" (Murray Chass, N.Y.
    TIMES, 10/5).       MITCHELL:  Retiring Sen. Majority Leader
    George Mitchell said he will soon be ready to meet with MLB
    owners looking for a new commissioner  (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/5).

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         TOP TICKET:  The latest TEAM MARKETING REPORT shows hockey
    to have the hjghest average ticket price ($33.66), compared to
    $31.05 for the NFL, $27.12 for the NBA and $10.45 for MLB.  TEAM
    MARKETING REPORT's Alan Friedman:  "One reason [NHL] teams can
    charge so much is that they have a very loyal and intense
    following.  The NHL is in a better situation than the other
    sports to absorb an interruption like this because it doesn't
    rely on the casual fan" (KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE BUSINESS NEWS,
         NHL LOSSES CHALLENGED:  NHLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler
    challenged the figures in the Uniform Report of Operations that
    put league losses at around $32M for '92-93.  Kessler said the
    figures "did not include franchise fees, adjustments for recent
    huge increased values of franchises, adjustments for owners'
    salaries and private expenses and adjustments for creative
    financing by teams that also own the team, arena or the station
    or network that televises the team's games" (Len Hochberg,
         WHO'S LOSING?  If the $32M figure for '92-93 "is to be
    believed," the Whalers accounted for 1/4 of the loss.  Also, the
    Whalers lost $14M in '93-94 and are projected to lose $8-10M this
    year (Viv Bernstein, HARTFORD COURANT, 10/5).  Winnipeg Jets
    Owner Barry Shekarow:  "We will lose less money by not playing
    than playing" (Damien Cox, TORONTO STAR, 10/5).  In New York, Joe
    LaPointe calls on the owners to make public more detailed
    financial data than they have.  LaPointe's column runs next to a
    chart profiling the owners and their franchises' values (N.Y.
    TIMES, 10/5).
         SAVE THE SMALL MARKETS:  Larry Brooks writes the NHL's
    general proposal "makes sense" and that it's "vital for the
    league's unique character that as many teams as possible survive
    in Canada even if that means the average player salary reaches
    just $775,000 and not $900,000 in the next three years" (N.Y.
    POST, 10/5).  Jim Proudfoot writes that the NHL could forego
    $200-300M in lost expansion fees if troubled franchises move to
    new cities (TORONTO STAR, 10/5).

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         NHL owners offered a new proposal to the NHLPA yesterday,
    "even as they toughened their negotiating stance by telling
    injured players they won't be paid during the work stoppage."
    NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
    agreed not to comment publicly on the new offer (Ron Rapoport,
    AP/Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/5).  ESPN's Bob Ley: "Effectively at
    this point, a press blackout" (SportsCenter," ESPN, 10/4).  The
    "brevity" at the post-meeting news conferences "could be viewed
    as a positive sign, if not for any bargaining progress then at
    least for the relationship between the two lead negotiators" (Len
    Hochberg, WASHINGTON POST, 10/5).  Goodenow "tipped his hand.  He
    doesn't like this NHL offer any more than he likes any others"
    (Al Strachan, TORONTO SUN, 10/5).  Canadiens President Ronald
    Corey cited the length of time spent on the new proposal and said
    the players "showed flexibility" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES,
    10/5).  But Former NHLPA Pres. Doug Wilson, a member of the union
    negotiating team, "hinted that elements of the plan still would
    be viewed as a salary cap by players":  "It would be fair to say
    the proposal sticks to their philosophy" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS,
         FEW SPECIFICS: The NHL's previous proposal contained a
    luxury tax on payrolls that exceed an average up to a maximum of
    125%, a percentage the NHLPA rejects.  "Neither side was saying
    anything about the specifics of the new NHL offer, either on or
    off the record.  But one of the NHL people involved in the
    meeting confirmed the 125% figure" (Al Strachan, TORONTO SUN,
    10/5).  One NHL "insider":  "[The players] were told by two big-
    market teams that 'We will never share our gate receipts.'"  The
    NHLPA has proposed a 5.5% tax on all gate receipts and salaries
    as a way of revenue sharing (Mark Everson, N.Y. POST, 10/5).
         "BIG DAY":  Today's "is almost certainly the crucial
    negotiating session to salvage any hope of an 84-game season this
    year" (Mark Everson, N.Y. POST, 10/5).  ESPN's Al Morganti:
    "Wednesday will be a big day" ("SportsCenter," 10/4).  Al
    Strachan notes that Bettman said play could start on October 15
    if the talks were progressing well.  "The end is certainly not in
    sight" (TORONTO SUN, 10/5).  "The sides may be far, far apart on
    the issues, but they're talking.  So given Bettman's rather broad
    choice of words, might there not be hope?" (Stephen Harris,
    BOSTON HERALD, 10/5).
         "GOOD COP, BAD COP":  In Washington, Dave Fay writes the
    decision not to pay injured players "baffled observers.  Instead
    of a move to bring the two sides closer; the policy change seemed
    designed to open the gulf even wider" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/5).
    ESPN's Keith Olbermann: "The NHL has now played good cop and bad
    cop" ("SportsCenter," 10/4).       READING TEA-LEAVES:  Devils
    Owner John McMullen, a "leading hawk" who joined the talks with
    three other team reps yesterday, later cited hockey's "tremendous
    upside" and said that he was confident of a compromise.  Al
    Strachan notes, "That means the owners realize that if they do
    make some concessions to the players, they think they'll be able
    to recoup them" (TORONTO SUN, 10/5).  McMullen "sounded quite
    upbeat" (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver PROVINCE, 10/5).
         NEW FACES AT THE TABLE:  Bruins President/GM Harry Sinden,
    "hockey's premier hard-line negotiator," was a "surprise
    addition" to the NHL's negotiating team.  The "new look" was a
    response to statements by NHLPA President Mike Gartner last week,
    asking why owners and Governors had not been included.  But
    according to management, Goodenow had declined the offer.
    Bettman:  "I had said previously that we had always told the
    players that we would be happy to bring owners in at any time;
    all they had to do was request it.  This was not requested, but I
    figured, 'What the heck.'"  Yesterday's league reps were Bettman,
    NHL VP of Hockey Operations Brian Burke, NHL VP & General Counsel
    Jeff Pash, McMullen, Sinden, Corey and Penguins Owner Howard
    Baldwin (Kevin Paul Dupont, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/5).  Bob McKenzie
    asks, "With Sinden and McMullen there, the only question worth
    asking is:  Couldn't Rush Limbaugh make it? ... The new-and-
    improved Team Bettman lineup is there as a public relations
    function."  Bettman "looks a lot more fortified with hard-liners
    McMullen and Sinden on one side, peace-loving Baldwin on the
    other and Corey there to supply the French sound bytes" (TORONTO
    STAR, 10/5).

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         In an "exclusive" report this morning, Filip Bondy of the
    N.Y. DAILY NEWS reports that "NBA owners are expected to take a
    secret vote today at their Board of Governors meeting in New York
    which could authorize the lockout of NBA players before their
    first paychecks on Nov. 15."  The league "would not confirm there
    would be any sort of vote on collective bargaining at today's
    session..., but the official agenda calls for a 'discussion' of"
    the collective bargaining agreement.  NBA Commissioner David
    Stern "has already slapped a gag order on owners," and will
    impose a $1M fine for any leaks.  Bondy:  "Such an action, once
    unthinkable in the user-friendly NBA, is an indication of how
    times, and attitudes, have changed" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/5).
         NOT FOR ATTRIBUTION:  On last night's "SportsCenter," Jackie
    MacMullan said a number of unnamed owners that she has spoken
    with "believe a lockout has become a reality."  MacMullan: "If a
    lockout is a reality, then Charles Grantham, the Executive
    Director of the Players Association, may be forced to consider
    decertifying the union and then take the NBA to court over the
    antitrust laws, much in the way Gene Upshaw did in the NFL"
    (ESPN, 10/4).
         LOOKING AHEAD:  Publicly, both the league and union are
    cautiously optimistic.  Grantham:  "I fully expect our talks to
    be adversarial, because they're being pulled by the environment
    of pro sports today.  But we've always been different in the NBA.
    Over the course of three contracts, there's been no work
    stoppage" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/5).  NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ
    Granik said the owners are "unified":  "We want to make a deal,
    and all of our efforts are in that direction" (David DuPree, USA
    TODAY, 10/5).
         LOOKING NORTH:  Separately today, the Board of Governors is
    expected to decide which divisions the Raptors and Grizzlies will
    play in during '95-96.  According to this morning's TORONTO SUN,
    "it has become increasingly clear" the Raptors will recommend
    board that they play in the Central, while the Grizzlies "will
    almost certainly" go to the Midwest.  Raptors VP Tom Mayenknect:
    "Given the balanced schedule, it does not take anything away from
    fans to be in one or another.  We were originally leaning to the
    Atlantic, but in recent week's we've come to see as many
    advantages in the (Central).  Whichever way it falls, we'll be
    happy campers" (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 10/5).
         GROWLS FROM THE WEST:  In this morning's Toronto GLOBE &
    MAIL, Neil Campbell, writing from Vancouver, criticizes the NBA
    for imposing a season-ticket mandate on the Raptors and
    Grizzlies.  Campbell:  "To ask any expansion team to sell 15,000
    season-tickets virtually a year in advance of their first game --
     and almost certainly four or five years before said team will be
    any good -- is the height of arrogance" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL,

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