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N.Y. DAILY NEWS SAYS NBA BOARD TO VOTE ON LOCKOUT TODAY

     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,
10/5).
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