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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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