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  • BASEBALL'S COURT DATE POSTPONED AGAIN

         During a telephone conference call with Administrative Law
    Judge Edwin Bennett yesterday, MLB players and owners postponed
    the trial on alleged unfair labor practices by the owners for the
    third time -- until July 24.  Some owners claim that the
    additional delay may give the sides time to negotiate a new deal,
    but MLB owners "have shown no indication they are ready to resume
    negotiations."  In a related move, the NLRB denied the owners'
    motion for a partial summary judgement to dismiss the part of the
    complaint alleging that their attempt to impose a salary cap
    violated federal law (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/15).
    

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  • CISL CLAIMS SUCCESS AS IT READIES FOR NEW SEASON

         The CISL claims significant gains in the areas of local team
    sponsorships and season ticket sales.  Team sponsorship revenue
    is up 37% from '94, with the Portland Pride citing the largest
    increase -- 200%.  Other gainers:  Washington Warthogs (+60%),
    Arizona Sandsharks (+35%), San Diego Sockers (+30%), Sacramento
    Knights (+25%) and Pittsburgh Stingers (+25)%.  Season tickets
    sales are up 27% league-wide over last season.  Leading the way
    is the Anaheim Splash with an increase of 80%.  In other CISL
    business news:  A minimum of 12 teams will have local TV packages
    for the '95 season -- up from seven last season; and the league
    currently boasts 12 licensees with more preparing final plans to
    become licensees for this season (CISL).
    

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  • NBA LABOR SITUATION DEFUSED; "SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS" CITED

         NBA Commissioner David Stern said yesterday that
    "substantial progress" had been made toward a new CBA with NBA
    players, "that the existing no-lockout, no-strike deal will
    continue and that he is optimistic a new collective bargaining
    agreement will be in place before the June 24 expansion draft or
    at least before the June 28 college draft," according to Richard
    Justice & Michael Wilbon in this morning's WASHINGTON POST.
    Stern said that the NBA Board of Governors will hold a meeting
    Tuesday in New York, adding:  "We wouldn't have the meeting if we
    didn't think there was a deal to close out" (WASHINGTON POST,
    6/15).  Stern said the league's threat of a lockout did not cause
    both sides to return to the table, but admitted, "You need a
    crisis or a boiling point in order to get the parties focused"
    (David Moore, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/15).  NBPA President Buck
    Williams:  "Everyone is committed to getting a new deal done.
    You can feel that" (Tim Povtak, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/15).  Stern
    said that negotiations will continue "around the clock" (John
    Jackson, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/15).
         AT THE HALF:  Stern was interviewed by NBC's Bob Costas
    during halftime of last night's game.  Stern, on the talks:
    "We've addressed a number of the key issues and we each know
    where the other side is.  We think with continued negotiations we
    can get to where we can make a deal."  Stern would not say what
    the major issue the two sides are stuck on, but said of the
    salary cap:  "The league does not need a hard cap, the league
    needs to make sure that its teams are reasonably likely not to
    not lose money -- to make a little.  The players, for their part,
    want certain other guarantees.  I think both sides are indicating
    their willingness to yield to make a deal."  Stern said the labor
    problems in other sports did not serve as a "cautionary tale" to
    jump start negotiations, adding:  "We're driven by our own
    demons.  If you need some evidence of what happens, baseball and
    hockey provide it.  But we don't point to them and say they did
    something wrong."  Stern, asked about recent criticisms of the
    league's drug policy, said that it "can always be improved, and
    we and our players ... will improve it. ... We think we are
    leaders in the field and want to retain our leadership there"
    ("NBA on NBC," 6/14).
         MEDIA REAX:  In L.A., Mark Heisler took Stern's answer on
    "substantial progress" to mean that the hard vs. soft salary cap
    issue "has been worked out" (L.A. TIMES, 6/15).  In New York,
    Shaun Powell notes, "It marks the second time the sides averted a
    work stoppage" (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 6/15).  In Chicago, Sam Smith
    opens, "Lockout?  What lockout?  Strike?  Who us.  And so much
    for NBA labor strife" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/15).  In Southern CA,
    Kelly Carter writes, "The NBA, which considers itself a model for
    professional sports leagues, is once again showing why" (ORANGE
    COUNTY REGISTER, 6/15).
    

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