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  • A STERN WARNING ON NBA LABOR DEAL AS TALKS STALL

         NBA Commissioner David Stern said last night that the league
    and the NBPA "are far apart with no sign" that a new CBA is near.
    Asked about main point of contention, Stern replied, "There's
    really only one.  The last proposal by the players reflected the
    belief that the owners should not make any money."  Stern said he
    would "have a hard time selling that to the owners."  At the
    beginning of this season the NBA and NBPA agreed on a no-strike,
    no lockout deal through this year, even though the CBA had
    expired.  That agreement is nearing an end.  Stern:  "Things are
    far apart. .... There's nothing concrete that would lead me to
    believe we're close to an agreement" (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    5/25).
    

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  • BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: ATTENDANCE SUFFERS AS FALLOUT LINGERS

         Through the first month of MLB's shortened season,
    attendance and national TV ratings have both taken a hit
    following the work stoppage.  According to AP, attendance is down
    25%, TV ratings have dipped even further, and baseball teams will
    probably lose at least $300M collectively.  On attendance, team
    officials say that group sales, which "usually takes place in the
    offseason, were hurt most by the strike."  Attendance is down for
    25 of the 28 teams, with only the Red Sox, Tigers, and Mets
    showing increases.  ESPN's first 14 games had a 1.5 cable rating,
    down 32% from the first 14 games of '94 (Ronald Blum,
    AP/WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/25).  MLB's marketing effort is examined
    in USA TODAY.  UMass Prof. of Sports Studies Bill Sutton says
    during the strike, players "were viewed as businessman.  It is
    going to take a while to get over that" (USA TODAY, 5/25).
         UNION CHALLENGES:  In New York, Murray Chass reports on Rob
    Mahay and Ron Rightnowar, the first players on the MLBPA's "so-
    called 'scab list'" to play in the majors. Chass: "Does the union
    accept them as members?  Does it have to accept them as members?
    Donald Fehr, the union leader, isn't saying."  Chass sees the
    decision as "critical for the union's credibility and integrity"
    (N.Y. TIMES, 5/25).
    

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  • JAPAN GETTING A BOOST FROM SOUTH KOREA'S ASIAN GAMES WIN?

         The selection of Pusan, South Korea, as the site for the
    2002 Asian Games "is likely to work in favor of Japan's bid for
    the World Cup finals in the same year," according to Japanese
    sports sources cited by KYODO NEWS.  Pusan beat out Kaohsiung,
    Taiwan, for the Asian Games in a vote Tuesday by the Olympic
    Council of Asia.  South Korea and Japan are the finalists to host
    the 2002 World Cup, the first to be held in Asia.  Japanese
    sources note, "since the Asian Games are a big athletic
    extravaganza, South Korea's financial burden would be staggering
    if the World Cup was held in the same country in the same year."
    Other sources quote anonymous FIFA officials who say the
    organization "is of the view that no major world event should be
    held in a country where a big continental meet is slated" (KYODO
    NEWS, 5/24).
    

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  • NFL OWNERS APPROVE HOLLYWOOD PARK PLAN FOR RAIDERS

         The NFL owners yesterday approved a plan to build a new
    $200M football stadium in Hollywood Park in what was called a
    "huge step toward keeping the Raiders in Los Angeles," according
    to Steve Springer in today's L.A. TIMES.  Owners voted 27-1, with
    the Jets voting against, and the Redskins and Seahawks abstaining
    (L.A. TIMES, 5/25).
         THE PLAN:  1) The new stadium will receive at least one
    Super Bowl, in 2000, with a second game possible in 2005 (Will
    McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 5/25).  2) The Raiders are obligated to
    play the next two seasons (while waiting for the construction to
    be completed) in the L.A. area.  3) The Raiders will be allowed
    to market Super Bowl tickets equal to the number of club seats
    already sold, up to a maximum of 10,000.  3) The second NFL
    tenant will be required to pay Raiders Owner Al Davis half the
    amount he puts into the stadium project.  4) Hollywood Park will
    be required to shut down its gambling operations on the days of
    the two Inglewood Super Bowls.  Hollywood Park racetracks
    officials "do not object" to the shutdown before and during
    games, but "are expected to oppose a continued shutdown" once
    games are over (L.A. TIMES, 5/25).  5) Clubs agree to waive their
    visiting team shares of premium club seat revenue at the new
    stadium for up to 12 years, an additional $50M or more (Greg
    Cote, MIAMI HERALD, 5/25).  In S.F., Glenn Dickey writes, "Some
    details have already been negotiated.  Davis would get a small
    percentage of concessions, parking and advertising and the
    revenue from the luxury boxes.  Hollywood Park would get the
    revenue from club seating, in return for which the Raiders would
    play rent-free" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/25).
         STRINGS ATTACHED?  In Washington, Dave Sell writes "there
    are strings" to the second Super Bowl.  The plan states that a
    second Super Bowl will be awarded after the league acquires,
    through negotiation, an option to place a second team in the new
    stadium for the '98 season.  The stadium would not lose that
    second Super Bowl if the league "declined to exercise that
    option" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/25).  In L.A., Ron Rapaport writes to
    Davis:  "Can you be sure -- can you be absolutely sure -- that
    the new stadium will sell out any more often than the Coliseum
    does?  That is the one nasty uncertainty about running a sports
    franchise in L.A., isn't it, Al?" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 5/25).
         THE NEW TEAM:  In San Francisco, Glenn Dickey reports that
    the "earliest" a second team would be in L.A. would be for the
    '98 season.  But league sources think it is more likely a second
    team would not be added "for at least another five seasons" (S.F.
    CHRONICLE, 5/25).  The second L.A. area team, however, "doesn't
    necessarily" have to play at Hollywood Park -- with Anaheim
    Stadium also possible (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY
    REGISTER, 5/25).
         DEADLINE FOR DAVIS:  The league imposed a deadline of June 1
    for the Raiders and Hollywood Park to close the deal.  NFL
    Commissioner Paul Tagliabue appointed a three-man committee
    consisting of 49ers President Carmen Policy, Broncos Owner Pat
    Bowlen, and Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson to assist the Raiders
    and Hollywood Park "in consummating the deal" (Thomas George,
    N.Y. TIMES, 5/25).
    Many reports note that despite having the Hollywood Park option,
    Davis is still uncertain on what he will do.  Davis:  "All it
    [represents] is another option.  Put it in the mix and stir it up
    with everything else we've looked at" (Len Pasquarelli, ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 5/25).  Davis:  "Under ideal conditions, we could
    be (at Hollywood Park) in a week, or in another venue in a week.
    It's all in place."  In Orange County, Michelle Himmelberg
    writes, "In other words, Davis is ready to make a decision, the
    paperwork is ready for him to sign" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER,
    5/25).
         LEAGUE REAX:  In New York, Thomas George notes "an
    uncomfortable feeling among some owners that the Raiders would be
    playing in a complex that will have horse racing and casino
    venues adjacent to the stadium (N.Y. TIMES, 5/25).  Dolphins
    VP/GM Eddie Jones:  "We traded inventory for stability" (MIAMI
    HERALD, 5/25).  Chiefs Owner Lamar Hunt:  "We've already lost the
    Rams in Los Angeles, we can't to lose the Raiders.  It is just
    too important to the health of the league" (John Helyar, WALL
    STREET JOURNAL, 5/25).
         ALWAYS OPTIMISTIC:  In Oakland, city and Coliseum reps were
    "unmoved" by Wednesday's developments.  East Bay officials said
    Davis told them Wednesday, after the meetings, "not to write him
    off."  Oakland Deputy City Manager:  "As long as he hasn't made a
    decision, we have a legitimate chance" (Poole & Li, OAKLAND
    TRIBUNE, 5/25).  Coliseum Board President George Vukasin:  "Our
    proposal is very much on the table, probably better than the one
    at Hollywood Park" (Rick DelVecchio, S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/25).
         ATLANTA CHANCES FOR SUPER BOWL HURT?  In Atlanta, Len
    Pasquarelli reports that the Super Bowls awarded to Hollywood
    Park may hurt the city's chances of a Super Bowl in 2000.
    Atlanta was one of six cities vying for the 2000 game.  Atlanta
    Sports Council Exec Dir Robert Morgan:  "We're disappointed at
    the possibility of not being able to bid on the 2000 game, but
    hope to be considered for future ones" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    5/25).  Boston's megaplex vote put them in the mix for the 2001
    game.  The league plans to address future Super Bowl sites at its
    fall meeting in Chicago in October (Nick Pugliese, TAMPA TRIBUNE,
    5/25).
    

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  • NHL BOARD TO DISCUSS EXPANSION; SCHEDULE REDUCED TO 82 GAMES

         The NHL Board of Governors will discuss details for
    expansion at a board meeting June 21, according to this morning's
    TORONTO STAR.  The 26 governors are expected to vote to add at
    least two teams, and possibly four, beginning with the '96-97
    season.  Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, and Phoenix are "considered
    to be the frontrunners, depending on the fate" of the Jets and
    the Nordiques.  The STAR reports that "unlike the last expansion
    when Anaheim and Florida were simply added, the next expansion
    will probably involve a bidding process" (Cox & Hunter, TORONTO
    STAR, 5/25).  In addition, the NHL's 84-game schedule has been
    reduced to 82 games for next season, reports Bob McKenzie in
    Toronto.  The majority of governors went with the pre-vote
    recommendation of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to eliminate
    games 83 and 84, now played as neutral site games.  "In lieu of
    the revenue previously generated by the games, a lump sum
    payments will be made to the NHLPA" (TORONTO STAR, 5/25).
    

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  • REVENUE SHARING ALSO TOPIC OF DEBATE AT MEETINGS

         Aside from settling the Raiders situation, the NFL owners
    also established a revenue-sharing system to help struggling
    teams.  According to Will McDonough in today's BOSTON GLOBE, a
    pool will be established so "financially strapped teams can apply
    for money from a league committee."  The money will come from the
    $20M the Rams are paying to move to St. Louis and from PSL's sold
    in Jacksonville, St. Louis and Carolina (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/25).
    Also, a portion of teams' gross from club seats will be pooled.
    The NFL expects to generate a $72M pool over a four-year period
    and distribute up to $3M per season to recipient clubs (John
    Helyar, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/25).  The Lions, one of the NFL's
    "least-profitable teams" due to their unfavorable lease at the
    Pontiac Superdome, stand to gain $50,000-$3M under the new plan.
    Lions COO Chuck Schmidt called the team's share a "drop in the
    bucket," but said it was indication the league is doing "whatever
    it can to keep the revenue gap from widening" (DETROIT FREE
    PRESS, 5/25).
    

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