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         ATP Tour players have created a world-wide program to
    increase the appeal of tennis among kids and will subsidize it
    with $1.5M from Tour and World Championships prize money.  The
    ATP Tour Players' "Kids Fund" program will include a street
    festival competition.  In addition to funding the program, the
    ATP's Top 50 players each will make at least 10 appearances a
    year at activities such as clinics, autograph and photo sessions,
    Q-and-A sessions and other promotions.  The Fund is part of the
    ATP's "Agenda for Progress" (ATP)
         SLOW DOWN: In an effort to enhance the quality of
    competition, the Tour will work with other int'l tennis
    federations to develop ball/court standards to regulate the speed
    of the indoor game (ATP).

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         As the two sides in the labor negotiations broke for the
    Thanksgiving holiday, observers and media members noted the
    continued progress but were quick to add that there are many
    issues yet to be resolved.  ESPN's Steve Levy:  "Hold on to that
    optimism."  NHLPA Exec Dir Goodenow:  "There's still a lot of
    issues yet to be resolved before there can be an agreement.
    That's the best report I can give you."  NHL Commissioner Gary
    Bettman:  "It's not just a question of sitting in the room.
    There are issues that you have go back and think about, you have
    to talk to your constituents -- and I mean this on both sides"
    ("SportsCenter," 11/22).  The two sides meet again on Friday,
    possibly back in Boston.
         CARVING UP THE LUXURY TAX:  "It is becoming apparent from
    conversations with team owners that there is anxiety among some
    of them that a settlement is needed soon and that some owners
    aren't as committed to the luxury tax" as Bettman.  Kings co-
    owner Joe Cohen:  "The tax should be the last thing we look at."
    Cohen added that if Bettman can accomplish creating a "drag" on
    salary escalation through other means, "then a tax can be less
    important" (Joe Lapointe, N.Y. TIMES, 11/23).  Bruins President &
    GM Harry Sinden said management will not know whether it will
    need a tax until the other issues (rookie cap, arbitration, etc.)
    are in place:  "When we're finished, we'll add it up and see
    where we are" (Stephen Harris, BOSTON HERALD, 11/23).  One source
    close to the NHLPA said the players will break off talks if the
    tax returns:  "If the league is holding back on the tax proposal
    in order to present it later, it is a grave error" (Dave Fuller,
    TORONTO SUN, 11/23).  NHL sources reiterated that the tax "will
    have to be addressed before a deal is struck" (Kevin Paul Dupont,
    BOSTON GLOBE, 11/23).  The season "now appears to depend solely
    on finding an alternative to a payroll or luxury tax, or dropping
    the idea altogether" (Tim Campbell, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 11/23).
         ARE ANY DEALS DONE?  "It can be safely stated that they
    haven't marked off any major issues off the checklist," according
    to Bob McKenzie in this morning's TORONTO STAR.  Below is a run-
    down of other possible resolutions:
         FREE AGENCY:  In Vancouver, Tony Gallagher reports, "There
    would be no Group 1, the players having surrendered that some
    time ago.  Group 2 would be liberalized in that it would be less
    restrictive in terms of the draft choices going back to the team
    losing the player.  Group 3 would be liberalized as well but the
    right to match would be retained to protect the losing club."
    Furthermore, unrestricted free agency would be granted to all
    players 28 or older after eight years of service (Vancouver
    PROVINCE, 11/23).  McKenzie reports on Group 2, the two sides
    haven't agreed on compensation levels or arbitration.  On Group
    3, the players "aren't keen" on the league's insistence on a
    "franchise-player" system (TORONTO STAR, 11/23).
         ROOKIE CAP:  Bob McKenzie reports the two sides are
    "millions apart" on what the restrictions would be (TORONTO STAR,
    11/23).  Tony Gallagher reports the players have "reluctantly
    agreed" to a hard cap (VANCOUVER SUN, 11/23).
         THE "REGULAR" SEASON:  The league has targeted April 26 as
    the last day of the shortened season, with 54- and 60-game
    schedules both under consideration (Bob McKenzie, TORONTO STAR,
    11/23).  The questions of whether players will be paid in-full
    for a short regular season, or whether the playoffs will be cut
    also face both sides.  It is "rather apparent that a shortened
    regular season would be a financial blessing to teams so long as
    there is a regular playoff.  Perhaps this is what owners mean by
    a 'meaningful' regular season" (Roy MacGregor, OTTAWA CITIZEN,
    11/23).  The players are also expected to be paid for any
    training camp period (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver PROVINCE, 11/23).

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         Officials representing the new World Golf Tour and two
    officials from Fox met with a key PGA Tour official to discuss
    the upstart tour's place in golf.  PGA Tour Commissioner Tim
    Finchem did not attend the meeting, and neither did World Tour
    organizer Greg Norman.  Edward Moorhouse, Exec VP for Legal and
    Int'l Affairs, represented the PGA Tour, and John Montgomery Jr.
    and his brother Scott, representing the World Tour.  Norman, was
    reached on vacation in Sydney:  "We are willing to make
    adjustments and concessions and the U.S. Tour is working along
    the same lines.  No one wants a confrontation.  No one wants to
    batter their heads against the wall with lawyers for the next
    three years."  In a statement released by the PGA Tour, Moorhouse
    indicated it was "highly unlikely anything could be accommodated
    in short term."  He described yesterday's meeting as "an attempt
    to determine what kind of flexibility the promoters had in their
    scheduling plans."  Moorhouse will present Finchem and the PGA
    Tour's Tournament Policy Board next week with a report on the
    meeting.  The board will listen to Finchem's recommendation and
    then decide whether to allow PGA Tour pros to participate in the
    World Tour (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 11/23).

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         With the CFL Baltimore franchise in a position to win the
    CFL's Grey Cup, the viability of the CFL in Canada is being
    tested.  "For years, Canadians have feared that their nation is
    being stolen by their neighbor to the south. ... and Canadians
    awoke to the news that an expansion team from Baltimore" may win
    the Grey Cup, writes Jim Hunt of the TORONTO SUN.  "Since the
    Yanks have taken over much in this country that is worth taking,
    why should the CFL not go along with the trend" (TORONTO SUN,
    11/22).  In Washington, Anne Swardson writes that "the southern
    migration of Canadian football mirrors the gradual transformation
    of the [NHL] from a Canadian institution to a predominantly
    American phenomenon and raises fears that the one sports Canada
    had left to itself is being sucked away" (WASHINGTON POST,
    11/22).  The CFL is proposing a rule change that Canadian teams
    no longer must employ a minimum of 20 Canadians on their roster
    of 37, under the belief that teams "on both sides of the border
    should be allowed to hire whoever they wish (Frank Cosentino,
    Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/22).  A proposed 3-year agreement
    between the CFL and CFLPA would reduce the league's mandatory
    Canadian content from 20 players per team to 15 beginning next
    season.  The numbers would drop to 12 and 10 in the second and
    third years.  There would be five Canadians on the practice
    roster at all times, while teams would be allowed to start an
    unlimited number of imports.  The CFLPA's collective agreement
    with the CFL expires following this season (Kent Spencer,
    Vancouver PROVINCE, 11/23).

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