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  • CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? IHL SAYS, YES WE CAN

         IHL Commissioner Robert Ufer announced this week that the
    league, currently without a collective bargaining agreement, will
    have one signed in the near future.  Ufer said that the IHLPA has
    informed the league that they are "in agreement with us over the
    revenue-sharing salary-structure concept."  But Ufer added that
    while a deal is not certain, "There will be no work stoppage in
    the IHL."  Houston Aeros Player Rep Curtis Hunt said that IHL
    players are willing to agree to the "soft cap" proposal:
    "Everybody wants to see no salary cap, but you have to
    compromise, sacrifice" (Jody Goldstein, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/6).
    

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  • FEHR PLAY IN DENVER'S STAPLETON AIRPORT

         MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr met with Rockies owner Jerry
    McMorris yesterday, "perhaps paving the way for the resumption of
    talks late next week."  McMorris: "We didn't move on any of the
    substantive issues.  We did talk about how to get the talks re-
    started.  We'll talk again tomorrow and try to fix some schedules
    for the end of next week" (TORONTO STAR, 10/7).  Peter Schmuck
    reports that Fehr and McMorris have met twice in the last two
    days, once Wednesday night and again Thursday morning.  "The
    discussion covered a variety of topics, apparently including"
    Orioles owner Peter Angelos' revenue-sharing plan.  One MLB
    source said that the owners took Angelos' plan "seriously enough
    to perform a computer analysis of it" (Baltimore SUN, 10/7).
    Meanwhile, in a letter to the union from management regarding its
    proposed 45-day freeze on player transactions, owners asked that
    rules preventing the clubs from "acting in concert be suspended
    during the freeze" (USA TODAY, 10/7).  The union will hold
    internal discussions on whether to endorse the freeze or, "agree
    to suspend the anti-collusion language should the owners impose"
    (Claire Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 10/7).
    

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  • NHL MANAGEMENT IN SYNCH: GOODENOW'S TO BLAME

         In several cities around the league, NHL owners and general
    managers were adhering to a common theme:  that NHLPA Exec Dir
    Bob Goodenow's resistance to bargain is the main impediment to
    the league and the union settling on a new collective bargaining
    agreement.
         BOSTON:  The NHL's most recent proposal included a 122%
    maximum tax on payrolls exceeding the league average, down from
    125%.  Bruins President & GM Harry Sinden indicated the league
    "might be willing" to lower the rate further.  Sinden:  "Can we
    go lower?  Therein lies the big problem.  How do you know what
    you might do unless somebody negotiates with you" (Stephen
    Harris, BOSTON HERALD, 10/7).
         FLORIDA:  Panthers President Bill Torrey:  "Goodenow, for
    whatever reason, does not want to make a deal right now.  When
    you say you want to make a deal, you stay at the table, battle it
    out and make a deal" (N.Y. POST, 10/7).
         NEW JERSEY:  Devils President Lou Lamoriello said he sees
    the NHLPA "duplicating" baseball's tactics.  On the rejection of
    the latest proposal: "Gary Bettman went quite a distance with
    yesterday's proposal.  I think he offered too much, considering
    the financial situation of the league, but he wants to find a way
    to reach an agreement that's fair to everyone.  Yet, there was no
    indication that the players association wants to make a deal"
    (N.Y. POST, 10/7).
         PHILADELPHIA:  Flyers GM Bobby Clarke, who once headed the
    players union, said he believes MLBPA Exec Dir Don Fehr "is
    telling Goodenow what to do."  Clarke on Goodenow, who
    represented him when Clarke was North Stars GM:  "Those of us who
    know Goodenow felt from the start there would be no chance of a
    deal being made.  He's not a deal maker. ... If anything, these
    players should be tying their wagons to Bettman.  He's done more
    in two years than has ever been done in this league" (Gary Miles,
    PHILA. INQUIRER, 10/7).
         TAMPA BAY:  Lightning President Phil Esposito:  "When we put
    up two proposals, I thought we were making some progress.  But
    then he [Goodenow] says no to both of them.  And then he says
    we're going to come up with a proposal of our own and we'll get
    back to you in a couple of days or so.  What is that?  I just
    don't think he wants to get a deal done" (Roy Cummings, TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 10/7).
         TORONTO:  Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher:  "To date, I would
    suggest the indications are that (Goodenow) sure as hell isn't in
    any hurry" (Damien Cox, TORONTO STAR, 10/7).
         WASHINGTON:  The "normally diplomatic" Capitals GM David
    Poile, on Goodenow:  "It's not like saying, 'OK, come on.  Let's
    go in and make a deal today.  Let's come up with some ideas.'
    It's just, 'What do you have?  No, that's not good enough.  See
    ya later'" (Dave Fay, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/7).  Poile also linked
    the two unions: "I think, in some demented fashion, Bob Goodenow
    and Donald Fehr want to bring pro sports to their knees. ... If
    baseball had a deal today, we'd have a deal today.  I don't think
    it's a coincidence that their tactics are so similar" (Baltimore
    SUN, 10/7).
         WINNIPEG:  Jets President Barry Shenkarow:  "Look at
    baseball.  They've had eight strikes in 24 years.  Mr. Goodenow
    has been with hockey how long (about three years)?  And we've had
    two work stoppages.  What is it he wants?  Does he want to follow
    Mr. Fehr's path?  Or does he want to sit down and negotiate?" (Ed
    Willes, WINNIPEG SUN, 10/7).       LABOR'S RESPONSE:  Goodenow:
    "As far as Donald Fehr and I working in concert, the two
    situations are quite different, and the idea is totally untrue."
    MLBA special assistant Mark Belanger:  "If we were looking for
    theories we could suggest -- but we're not -- that maybe the
    owners designed it this way" (Sandra McKee, Baltimore SUN, 10/7).
    

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  • NHLPA WILL TAKE THE WEEKEND TO PREP ITS RESPONSE

         The NHLPA spent yesterday on a counterproposal to offer the
    owners.  "But as of last night, the union said it had yet to
    finalize the plan."  No new talks were planned (Len Hochberg,
    WASHINGTON POST, 10/7).  "While the owners' move to a tax on gate
    receipts could be considered a reason for optimism that a new
    collective agreement can be reached soon, there was little sense
    of that from the players" (David Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL,
    10/7).
         DROP-DEAD DATE?  In the latest issue of SPORTING NEWS, Larry
    Wigge reports that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "has assured
    marketing people, advertisers and television people that no work
    stoppage will go beyond" November 15 (10/10 issue).  The NHL
    Board of Governors are expected to discuss the last possible date
    by which a full season could be played.  Sources suggest that be
    November 1 (Damien Cox, TORONTO STAR, 10/7).  NHL VP of
    Communications Arthur Pincus denied that the league is developing
    an abbreviated schedule in the event of lost games (AP/OTTAWA
    CITIZEN, 10/7).
         BY THE NUMBERS:  In New York, Larry Brooks writes that the
    players "overlook the fact that the NHL has in negotiations
    guaranteed in one of three ways that the players will never
    receive less than they are currently receiving ... The league has
    pledged that the owners would make cash payments to the NHLPA to
    satisfy the guarantee" (N.Y. POST, 10/7).  Jets President Barry
    Shenkarow:  "We're saying now if you're getting 60 percent of the
    gross, and we can get another $1 billion in revenue, the players
    will get $600 million guaranteed.  We just want to know that
    we're going to get $400 million of it" (Ed Willes, WINNIPEG SUN,
    10/7).  According to a source on the players' side familiar with
    the owners' latest proposal, the owners' plan generates only
    about $20M for revenue sharing -- $10M less than what Bettman
    originally wanted (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 10/7).
    

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  • SOUTH OF THE BORDER: ARENA FOOTBALL/CISL HEAD TO MEXICO

         Arena Football League officials have announced that
    businessman Doug Logan has purchased the Fort Worth Cavalry and
    plans on moving the franchise to Mexico City for the 1995 season
    (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 10/6).  The team will play in the 17,800
    seat Palacio de los Deportes (THE DAILY).
         "FUTBOL RAPIDO":  Meanwhile, the CISL received an
    application for membership from a Mexico City-based group for a
    '95 expansion team.  The team would play at the 21,000-seat OCESA
    Sports Palace.  The CISL Board of Governors is expected to
    approve the application by the end of November.  The Mexico City
    team will join Monterrey as the CISL's second Mexico-based team
    (THE DAILY).
    

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