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  • ABC NEWS FAN POLL ON THE RETURN OF BASEBALL

         The ABC News poll, conducted April 19-23, surveyed 1,026
    adults.  It has a margin of error of +/- 3.5% (ABC).
    
    
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVOITE SPORT TO WATCH?
    NOW
    SEPT '94
    SEPT '92
    FEB '90
    JUL '85
    Football
      35%
      37%
      38%
      35%
      26%
    Basketball
    16
    13
    11
    15
    10
    Baseball
    12
    16
    16
    16
    21
    Other/None
    38
    34
    35
    34
    43
    NOTE: The 9/94 figures are from a Gallup poll which asked
    "What is your favorite sport to follow"
    ARE YOU A FAN OF PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL?
    NOW
    FEB '95
    OCT '94
    AUG '94
    MAY '93
    Yes
      28%
      37%
      39%
      39%
      39%
    No
    63
    51
    52
    51
    51
    Somewhat (vol.)
    9
    12
    9
    10
    10
    INTEREST IN MLB THIS YEAR COMPARED TO '94
    More interested
      8%
    Same
    36%
    Less interested
    56

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  • BASEBALL'S BACK: ATTENDANCE STORIES VARY FROM CITY TO CITY

         According to a USA TODAY analysis of actual Opening Day
    attendance around the major leagues, no team enjoyed a 100%
    showing.  In fact, four games yesterday drew 60% capacity or
    less, compared to '94 when only one Opening Day game (Montreal at
    Houston) drew less than 90% (USA TODAY, 4/27).
    
    
    ATT.
    CAPACITY
    PCT.
    CHI at CIN
    51,033
    52,952
    96%
    SF at ATL
    24,091
    52,710
    46%
    LA at FL
    18,587
    47,226
    39% (2nd game)
    MTL at PIT
    34,841
    47,972
    73%
    NYM at COL
    47,228
    50,400
    94%
    PHI at STL
    32,573
    57,078
    57%
    HOU at SD
    41,961
    46,510
    90%
    MIN at BOS
    32,980
    33,871
    97%
    TEX at NYY
    50,245
    57,545
    87%
    CHI at MIL
    31,426
    53,192
    59%
    OAK at TOR
    50,426
    50,516
    99%
    BAL at KC
    24,170
    40,625
    60%
    DET at CAL
    51,033
    64,593
    79%
    OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: After 8 1/2 hours of "protracted statements, testimony and cross-examinations" before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the locked-out umpires and MLB representatives "drew no closer to settling the issue of whether the lockout of umpires is even subject to Ontario's anti-scab law" (James Christie, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/27). MORE OPENING DAY QUOTES: Peter Gammons writes, "On a day that didn't feel like Opening Day, there was a deep, honest sense of beginning, that they now realize they need you" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/27). Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, in his dual role as Brewers Owner, after visiting fans at pre-game tailgates: "I got a wonderful response. It was exhilarating" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/27).... Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, forced to watch the game from Tampa because of health problems, after seeing other scores: "Look at those Brewers beating up on the White Sox. And they talk like they're small market" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/27)....Reds Owner Marge Schott, asked if her team had any "special" plans for fans: "What do you mean?" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/27). MLBPA's Don Fehr, on the prospect of playing a full season: "I would say probably without interruption, but things change so rapidly" (CBS, 4/26).

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  • STERN SAYS TIME RUNNING SHORT FOR NBA LABOR DEAL

         After the NBA's Board of Governors meeting yesterday,
    Commissioner David Stern said the time was growing short to reach
    a labor agreement with the players, according to this morning's
    TORONTO STAR.  The league has been operating under a no-strike,
    no-lockout deal since October 27.  Although the sides have been
    meeting regularly, the union's negotiating team underwent a major
    change when Charles Grantham resigned as NBPA Exec Dir.  Former
    NBPA General Counsel Simon Gourdine has replaced Grantham, but
    Stern said the change would not affect negotiations.  Stern:
    "The players are represented by six people.  Five of the six
    people remain the same."  Stern would not specify specific issues
    that stand in the way of a deal (TORONTO STAR, 4/27).
         MORE NBA BUSINESS: At the Board of Governors meeting,
    several items were approved, including the timetable on
    completing the Grizzlies and Raptors' expansion agreement. Stern
    also acknowledged while the league does not expect to add more
    franchises in the near future, the NBA will receive an expansion
    application from a New Orleans group led by Saints Owner Tom
    Benson.  Stern:  "We think he has a great group and would be a
    great owner."  The league will also allow the Clippers to
    increase the number of games they play in Anaheim from six to
    eight (Mult., 4/27).
         FROM THE PLAYERS:  The NBPA is entering the high school
    summer basketball camp business, "which has been dominated in
    recent years by sneaker companies."  The union will invite 50-60
    of the top rising seniors, juniors and sophomores to Princeton,
    NJ, June 20-25, according to Alex English, NBPA Dir of Player
    Programs and Bob Dandridge, NBPA Dir of College Programs.  No
    college coaches will be allowed to attend.  Besides playing
    games, campers will be tutored in how to take the SAT's, and on
    substance abuse awareness, college completion, internships,
    HIV/AIDS awareness, money management and agent regulation (USA
    TODAY, 4/27).
    

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