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  • A GOOD IDEA NEVER DIES? BASEBALL OWNERS DISCUSS SALARY CAP

         Representatives of the 28 MLB teams met outside Chicago
    yesterday and held a "wide-ranging discussion" on how to proceed
    in labor negotiations -- with "renewing their pursuit for a
    salary cap" among the possibilities.  After a six-hour meeting in
    Itasca, IL, owners acknowledged that there was "sentiment" for
    dropping their most recent payroll tax proposal in favor of
    another salary cap plan.  Red Sox CEO John Harrington:  "You
    still have to think about achieving the goals you started out to
    achieve. ... Two other sports have caps that work reasonably
    well."  In Washington, Mark Maske writes that "a return by the
    owners to the pursuit of a salary cap would diminish greatly" the
    chance of a settlement (WASHINGTON POST, 5/11).  The owners "do
    not seem to have a clear cut plan," according to Murray Chass in
    today's N.Y. TIMES.  The owners are likely to change their
    bargaining team, and sources on the players side have heard AL
    President Gene Budig and NL President Len Coleman might join the
    talks when they resume.  An owners' committee -- chaired by Rusty
    Rose of Texas and joined by White Sox Owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Blue
    Jays President Paul Beeston, Braves President Stan Kasten,
    Phillies VP Dave Montgomery and Cubs President Andy MacPhail --
    is working on the "plans to pursue with the union" (N.Y. TIMES,
    5/11).
         SECRET PEACE TALKS:  Sources among the players and owners
    told the L.A. TIMES there have been secret talks between both
    sides to ensure the '95 season will be played to completion (Ross
    Newhan, L.A. TIMES, 5/11).
         THANKS, BUT NO THANKS:  A person close to Morgan, Lewis &
    Brockius' Rob Manfred has said that Manfred "has no plans" to
    assume the role of the owners' chief labor negotiator, but that
    Manfred "will aid in the transition to a new legal team" (Murray
    Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 5/11).
    

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  • NBA TO GUARANTEE EXPANSION TEAMS' DEBT UNTIL CBA IS REACHED

         NBA Commissioner David Stern, in Toronto to announce the
    Canadian national TV deal with CTV, said an agreement has been
    reached to allow the Raptors and the Grizzlies "to make the
    balance" of their $125M franchise fees in the absence of a CBA
    with the league's players.  According to Craig Daniels of the
    TORONTO SUN, "Stern stopped short of calling the deal a
    guarantee, but, ultimately, that's what it amounts to."  The NBA
    is requiring each expansion team to come up with just over $50M
    of their franchise fees in cash, with the rest in secured debt.
    The problem was, however, that no bank would secure the debt
    without a CBA and a guarantee that next season would be played.
    So, Daniels reports, "the NBA has essentially stepped in and
    agreed to assume both teams' debt obligations until the new CBA
    comes into effect.  Once that happens, the debt will be
    transferred to each team's respective bank."  One league source
    said the NBA is essentially "acting as a bank until the CBA is
    signed" (TORONTO SUN, 5/11).
    

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  • POOR ATTENDANCE FOR NHL CANADIAN TEAMS CONTINUES

         The "attendance drop" that hit the NHL's Canadian teams
    after the lockout "has persisted into the playoffs," according to
    an analysis in today's Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Attendance for the
    Flames' 1st-round game against the Sharks at the Saddledome drew
    only 15,624, with Tuesday's Game 2 drawing 16,389.  Capacity is
    20,230.  In Quebec, the Nordiques have drawn 14,360 and 14,178 --
     more than 1,000 seats below the 15,399 capacity.  Nordiques
    officials blame a late schedule change and the local broadcast of
    the game.  Nordiques Dir of Media Relations Jean Martineau:  "We
    work with individual season-ticket subscribers rather than
    companies.  So when a home game is on TV, it really hurts us"
    (Shoalts and Campbell, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/11).
    
                           
    NHL PLAYOFF ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GAME 1
    GAME 2
    CAPACITY
    % CAPACITY
    Flames
    15,624
    16,389
    20,230
    79.1
    Penguins
    15,910
    15,079
    17,181
    90.1
    Nordiques
    14,360
    14,178
    15,399
    92.7
    Blackhawks
    19,042
    19,017
    20,500
    92.8
    Blues
    18,788
    18,876
    19,260
    97.8
    Bruins
    14,448
    14,448
    14,448
    100
    Flyers
    17,380
    17,380
    17,380
    100
    Red Wings
    19,875
    19,875
    19,275
    103.1

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