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Baseball's stalled labor negotiations are scheduled to resume next Thursday. The talks probably will take place in Washington, and Acting Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday left open the possibility that he could be at the bargaining table (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 11/4).
The Canadian TV network, CTV, -- which is backing next weekend's charity tournament in Hamilton, Ontario -- has offered to expand the tournament into a 30-game schedule of players' games. If accepted by the NHLPA, the 30-game schedule "likely would knock the NHL out of the picture" for the '94-95 season (Mark Everson, N.Y. POST, 11/4). GIVE 'EM BACK THE TAKEBACKS: In N.Y., Mark Everson writes, "The NHL owners are beginning to crumble just the way they thought the players would." A member of the NHL Board of Governors told the POST yesterday that he will press NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to rescind the "infamous" 19 takebacks that ignited the lockout. The governor said that the league needed to rescind the takebacks as a show of good faith. Everson adds, "This governor's plan to press Bettman to rescind the takebacks as a show of good faith only adds to the pressure on the former basketball underling" (N.Y. POST, 11/4). TALKS NEXT WEEK: ESPN's Craig Kilborn: "The time and place is classified information, but there will be more NHL labor talks next week" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 11/3). GOODENOW NOT OPTIMISTIC: NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow told ESPN Radio yesterday that he foresaw a "drop dead date" for the entire season in the "not too distant future": "My gut feeling is that I hope we see hockey this season, but I would not be surprised if the season were wiped out" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 11/3). BURKE DENIES ROOKIE CAP OFFER: NHL Dir of Hockey Ops Brian Burke "emphatically denied" allegations that the NHLPA had proposed a rookie cap earlier this week: "I can state categorically that the union has never offered a rookie salary cap. They have expressed repeatedly their opposition to a cap." Players Brett Hull and Chris Terreri earlier this week said that the NHLPA had proposed a "rookie cap" (Larry Brooks, N.Y. POST, 11/4). GILMOUR GOING TO EUROPE: Maple Leafs' Captain Doug Gilmour responded to criticism from the Blues Brett Hull that Gilmour is "betraying the cause" by going to play in Europe: "Brett's trouble is that he speaks before he thinks. I told him the other night to wake up." Gilmour is "almost certainly headed" to play for the Swiss club Rapperswil on November 15 (Jim Proudfoot, TORONTO STAR, 11/4). LAYOFFS: Devils' President and GM Lou Lamoriello revealed yesterday that the team has laid off "more than a dozen" employees (N.Y. TIMES, 11/4).