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  • HOCKEY HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 34: THE EVER-SHRINKING SEASON

         The NHL canceled 10 more games per team and "worked on plans
    for a 50-game season with a completely new schedule matching
    teams solely against conference opponents.  That schedule, which
    reflects the minimum number of games the league says would
    constitute a meaningful season, would take effect if the lockout
    ended by mid- or late December."  But, "there are no indications"
    that the labor dispute will be resolved in time to "salvage" 50
    games (Helene Elliott, L.A. TIMES, 11/3).  Bruins President & GM
    Harry Sinden:  "To sit here and realistically think we're going
    to play a 70- or even 60-game schedule, you're kidding
    yourselves."  Sinden, on the lack of progress:  "It can't go on
    like this" (Nancy Marrapese, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/3).  Sinden, who
    was optimistic after Monday's 5-hour session:  "I'm Mr. Doomsday
    today"  (Joe Gordon, BOSTON HERALD, 11/3).  The "death watch" for
    the season has begun (Lance Hornby, TORONTO SUN, 11/3)
         PLAYERS' MEETING:  More than 200 members of the NHLPA met in
    Toronto yesterday for an "informational session."  But columnist
    Roy MacGregor writes it was "far more an emergency solidarity
    show amidst rabid rumors that cracks were beginning to form"
    (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 11/3).  One agent present at the meeting:  "I
    think the players finally got a grip on the fact that there might
    not be any hockey this year" (Dave Fay, WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/3).
    "If management had been expecting the players to fold, it is time
    to reassess its strategy" (Larry Brooks, N.Y. POST, 11/3).
         PLAYOFFS?  WHAT PLAYOFFS?  One of the possibilities
    discussed by the players was a "union-ordered cancellation of
    playoff games" (Joe LaPointe, N.Y. TIMES, 11/3).
         EUROPEAN VACATION:  One issue dividing players is the exodus
    to Europe.  Brett Hull called on players to stay home:  "I'm a
    little upset right now at some of the Europeans going home to
    play before we had a chance to discuss it, but that's their
    decision" (ESPN, 11/2).
         TAKING SIDES:  In New York, Larry Brooks writes that the
    economic arguments force him to take the owners' side in the
    dispute.  But he is highly critical of the league's job selling
    its proposal.  "It is time for [NHL Commissioner Gary] Bettman to
    buy 60 minutes on CBC or TSN in Canada and the same time on ESPN
    in the States to explain his program to the players. ... I do not
    want to hear name-calling or posturing.  I want to hear his
    vision of growth for the league and its players" (N.Y. POST,
    11/3).
    

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  • NBA'S STERN KICKS OFF SEASON WITH PRESS CONFERENCE

         NBA Commissioner David Stern hosted the first of this year's
    weekly NBA telephone press conferences yesterday.
         LEAGUE MARKETING:  Stern was asked about the success the
    league has had marketing its individual stars: "There was an
    enormous amount [of money] put behind our athletes by beverage
    companies and athletic shoe companies. ... And number two, we
    sort of moved in at a time when video and music opportunities
    were extraordinary and our players, [put] to music, are really
    quite something."
         LABOR UPDATE:  On the decision to play the season without a
    CBA: "What we decided was that for whatever reason, there had not
    been a full opportunity to explore what we think is the
    possibility of a long term agreement. ... It was a better idea
    for us if we could make the right kind of deal with the players
    to extend the agreement for one more year, rather than draw the
    line at this time."      D.C. ARENA:  On BET President Robert
    Johnson's plan to privately fund the a downtown arena in
    Washington, DC, Stern was asked if the NBA would approve an
    expansion team for DC if Bullets owner Abe Pollin decides not to
    move from suburban Maryland.  Stern called that scanrio a "long
    shot, at best."  He noted that a DC expansion franchise would
    have competition from many cities -- in particular, St. Louis,
    Anaheim, Mexico City, Memphis (THE DAILY).
    

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  • NFL SAYS NO TO REALIGNMENT, DECIDES TO SLOT EXPANSION TEAMS

         NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue yesterday placed the
    Jacksonville Jaguars into the AFC Central and the Carolina
    Panthers into the NFC West, both for the '95 season only.
    Tagliabue also appointed a 10-man committee on realignment to be
    chaired by AFC President Lamar Hunt of the Chiefs and NFC
    President Wellington Mara of the Giants.  The committee will come
    up with a recommendation on realignment for the 1996 season and
    beyond.  Tagliabue expects a vote in March  (Leonard Shapiro,
    WASHINGTON POST, 11/3).  But Bucs VP Rich McKay doubts there will
    be realignment:  "It's certainly on life support" (Pat Yasinskas,
    TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/3).
    

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  • SAN FRANCISCO REWARDED WITH SUPER BOWL XXXIII

         "The NFL's spread-the-wealth philosophy on Super Bowl sites
    plucked about $200 million from South Florida's pocket Wednesday
    as San Francisco won the 1999 game."  NFL owners said they were
    satisfied that a proposed $26M renovation of Candlestick Park was
    guaranteed.  That assurance overcame Miami's advantages in
    weather and $2M more in projected revenue for the league.  A
    league source said the final vote was 18-10 (Greg Cote, MIAMI
    HERALD, 11/3).
         ATLANTA IN 2000?  Atlanta Sports Council's Robert Morgan
    said that Atlanta's hopes of hosting the Super Bowl were boosted
    with the selection of San Francisco in 1999.  Morgan: "I'm not
    sure owners would have wanted Miami and Atlanta back-to-back."
    NFL Exec Dir Jim Steeg said the site for Super Bowl XXXIV will be
    selected next October, with Atlanta bidding against Houston,
    Miami, Pasadena, Phoenix and Tampa (Len Pasquarelli, ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 11/3).
         STEPPIN' OUT AT HALFTIME:  Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle
    headline the halftime show of the '95 Super Bowl at Joe Robbie
    Stadium (MIAMI HERALD, 11/3).
    

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