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COULD JORDAN'S RETURN MAKE NBA STRIKE UNLIKELY?

     Michael Jordan's return makes both the league and NBPA "even
more hesitant" to enact a work stoppage, according to Melissa
Isaacson in this morning's CHICAGO TRIBUNE.  "Like it or not,"
Jordan is "thrust into most discussions concerning the NBA's
future labor negotiations."  Bulls Player Rep Steve Kerr:  "Once
they see him play again, they're going to think nothing's wrong
with the game.  It certainly puts the owners under more pressure
not to lock us out."  Jordan: "It's not like baseball where one
side is losing money.  That's not the issue here.  In basketball,
everybody's profiting.  So all we ask is an even distribution
when the time comes" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/5).  Pacers Guard Reggie
Miller tells SPORT magazine that he doesn't believe the players
will walk out because of the popularity of the league: "There
won't be a strike. ... Right now, we are the highest-watched
professional sport.  And because of the struggles of baseball and
hockey, we've got such a big audience right now.  I don't think
anyone would want to spoil that" (SPORT, 5/95 issue).
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