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         As part of an examination of the labor situations in the
    major sports leagues, the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES' Brian Hanley offers
    an update on the ongoing meetings between representatives of the
    NHL and NHLPA regarding the final details on the new collective
    bargaining agreement.  Lawyers from both sides have been meeting
    on an average of three times a week for the past three weeks with
    the hope, according to NHL VP of Public Relations Arthur Pincus,
    that the work will be done by the end of April.  Pincus:  "There
    are a lot of issues that each side has a position on, and they're
    in the process of checking things off, and it is a pretty
    substantial checklist.  Such things as discipline policy, drug
    and alcohol policy. ... We might not have a signed document by
    the end of the month, but we hope to have all issues agreed upon
    and have letters of agreement by then."  Both Pincus and NHLPA
    spokesperson Steve McAllister denied rumors that the tentative
    agreement, signed on January 13, was in danger.  Of the issues,
    the "most contentious" are those concerning the marketing and TV
    money expected from NHL participation in the '98 Olympics as well
    as scheduling for the Games (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/20).
         BETTMAN PROFILE:  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is the
    subject of a WASHINGTON POST profile.  Bettman, on charges he
    doesn't understand the game:  "I go to tons of games and I watch
    tons of games on television.  And I can sit with the general
    managers in the rules discussion, listen, understand and -- oh,
    my God -- even participate.  Does that mean I could be a general
    manager?  Absolutely not.  Does that mean I could coach?
    Absolutely not.  Does that mean I could play?  Absolutely,
    absolutely, absolutely not.  But I wasn't hired to do any of
    those three things.  Can I make a deal?  Can I handle the league
    in a labor dispute?  Can I make a TV deal?  Can I get a P.R.
    department to function in ways that it hasn't before?  You make
    your own judgment.  Those are the things I have to do" (Dave
    Sell, WASHINGTON POST, 4/20).

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         Dodgers Owner Peter O'Malley "emphasized the urgency of
    hiring a commissioner but said Wednesday that he won't be among
    those urging that acting Commissioner Bud Selig be retained,"
    according to today's L.A. TIMES.  Asked if he would support Selig
    for full-time commissioner, O'Malley "paused, asked for the
    question to be repeated and then slowly answered."  His response:
    "My answer is no.  Two letters.  One word.  No."  O'Malley said
    he would withhold further comment until a collective bargaining
    agreement is in place (Bob Nightengale, L.A. TIMES, 4/20).
         SPEAKING OF WHICH:  The need for a long-term settlement is
    the focus of a CHICAGO SUN-TIMES examination of the labor
    situations in the NBA, NHL and MLB.  Dave Van Dyck writes, "If
    nothing else, the seemingly endless baseball war should have
    served as a reminder to other pro sports of how not to conduct
    negotiations" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/20).  NL President Leonard
    Coleman was interviewed during last night's Reds-Phillies game on
    ESPN.  Coleman, on the need for a long-term labor agreement:  "It
    is of critical importance.  Fans ought to be able to enjoy the
    game and not have to sit back and worry about management labor
    issues.  The game has already had enough disruptions, so
    hopefully we can get something long term so the fans can look
    forward to worrying about batting averages and ERA's rather than
    what's happening in the negotiating room" (ESPN, 4/19).

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         Robert Kheel, the lead management negotiator in labor talks
    with locked out umpires, said "he expects the two sides to inch
    closer toward a deal within the next day or so," according to
    today's WASHINGTON POST.  But Kheel, who exchanged proposals
    yesterday with MLBUA General Counsel Richie Phillips, is unsure
    whether a deal can be done to have the umpires ready for Opening
    Day.  Terms of the new proposals were not disclosed.  Kheel also
    said that umpires will not be allowed to return without a new CBA
    unless they take a no-strike pledge (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST,
    4/20).  Phillips said they will not offer such a pledge "under
    any circumstances" (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 4/20).  Phillips, on
    management's proposal:  "I'd have to characterize [it] as an
    offer that was intended to stimulate negotiations."  But A
    management source "said there had been less progress than
    Phillips indicated" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/20).

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