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         The NHL's Board of Governors meeting continued yesterday,
    with the approval of the Nordiques' move to Denver gaining the
    most coverage this morning:
              AU REVOIR, QUEBEC:  In a unanimous vote, the Board
         approved the sale of the Nordiques to Comsat and the move to
         Denver for '95-96.  In addition to the $75M paid to the
         Nordiques former owners led by Marcel Aubut, an $8M transfer
         fee will be paid to the league.  NHL Commissioner Gary
         Bettman:  "It's going to be good in Denver" (Adrian Drater,
         DENVER POST, 6/22).  Bettman said the owners didn't consider
         a last-minute request from a Quebec group for a 30-day
         delay.  The to-be-named team will play in the Pacific
         Division.  The new owners said that fans will help pick the
         team's nickname, colors and logo.  Among the options:  Black
         Bears, Cougars, Outlaws, Avalanche, Big Horns, Explorers,
         Renegades, and Wranglers (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 6/22).  A
         source in the Denver business community said the public's
         input on the name "will delay the process," and a final name
         and logo for the club may not be unveiled until the third or
         fourth week of July (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 6/21).
              DANCING WITH THE DEVILS:  Bettman said that the future
         of the Devils will be decided shortly.  He said the Devils
         told the Board of Governors that no decision had yet been
         made by on whether or not they would remain in NJ.  Devils
         Owner John McMullen said a decision would not be "until the
         finals were concluded."  Bettman: "Very shortly, this is
         going to have to be brought to a head.  I will inject myself
         when I think it will do some good in terms of getting a
         resolution one way or the other" (Jeff Legowold, Nashville
         TENNESSEAN, 6/22).  In Washington, Leonard Shapiro writes
         that "many hockey observers said the NHL's virtual silence
         shows it wants the Devils to leave the three-team New York
         area and head to another unchartered part of the South"
         (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22).  According to figures released
         during a NJ court hearing yesterday, the Devils received
         $1.2M in luxury suite revenue at Brendan Byrne in '94, 64%
         more than the Nets' $737,115.  For '95, the Devils are
         projected to receive $1.26M and the Nets $769,316.  The
         disparity, according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES,
         relfects the Devils' lease renegotiation with the NJ Sports
         & Exposition Authority in '91.  Since then, the Devils have
         received 34.2% of gross suite revenues, while the Nets have
         received 25%, after expenses (N.Y. TIMES, 6/22).
              LONG LIVE THE KINGS?  The Board also approved, in
         principle, the proposed interim financing for the Kings from
         CO billionaire Philip Anschutz and developer Edward Roski.
         The financing, according to Bettman, "will be sufficient" to
         keep the Kings stable for "the next few months."  An
         agreement by the team's three shareholders prevents the
         club's sale until January 31, 1996 -- "unless all parties
         agree."  Bettman:  "I believe there's enough positive cash
         flow to get them to the winter.  That's the expectation"
         (Helene Elliott, L.A. TIMES, 6/22).  League sources say that
         former Argonauts Owner Harry Ornest, in a group with Lakers
         (and former Kings) Owner Jerry Buss, had lobbied NHL owners
         to reject Anschutz's bid.  Kings Co-Owner Joe Cohen recently
         rejected a bid from Ornest -- $50M and an added $50M loan
         guarantee (William Houston, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 6/22).
              NHL NEWS & NOTES:  In Toronto, Bob McKenzie writes that
         "the expansion ball is finally beginning to roll."  Several
         Governors told him the process is "already underway" and two
         teams are expected to be added this summer for admission in
         Fall '96.  McKenzie also notes the Jets are "almost certain"
         to be in Winnipeg this season, but many believe that the
         long-term prospects for the NHL in Manitoba "remain bleak"
         (TORONTO STAR, 6/22).  Flames Co-Owner Harley Hotchkiss was
         elected Chair of the Board of Governors.  The position had
         been vacant since former Kings' Owner Bruce McNall resigned
         more than a year ago (Helene Elliott, L.A. TIMES, 6/22).

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         NBA Commissioner David Stern, in a statement:  "A
    disgruntled lawyer [Jeffrey Kessler], whose firm was terminated
    by the players association, filed the NLRB petition, and Marc
    Fleisher, the self-proclaimed spokesman for the group, represents
    very few NBA players and seems interested only in ousting the
    union leadership that replaced his father [Larry Fleisher]"
    (AP/Mult., 6/22).  Fleisher:  "David has been a family friend for
    a long time, and I'm surprised he's taking the low road here.
    That goes to show the players' message is getting across and has
    the NBA seriously concerned."  Fleisher, on Gourdine FedExing the
    proposal to each NBA player overnight:  "Great. ... Which means
    if they aren't home, they might not see it until tomorrow, or
    maybe after their player reps vote.  Who the hell runs a union
    like that?"   Fleisher noted that Pooh Richardson, a player rep
    who had signed a decertification notice, was not included in
    yesterday's conference calls (Jackie MacMullan, BOSTON GLOBE,
              OTHER QUOTES OF NOTE:  Jim Paxson, a former NBPA
         officer and now a Blazers special assistant:  "One hundred
         guys aren't doing this on their own" (OREGONIAN, 6/22).
         Hakeem Olajuwon called for a truce:  "Now is not the time to
         get greedy.  We players just have to sacrifice and do what
         is right for the players and also the owners" (CNBC, 6/21).
         NBPA Exec Cmte member Tyrone Corbin:  "There will be some
         opposition, but I think once all the player reps get
         together and evaluate it a final time, I think it will pass"
         (Ailene Voisin, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/22).  Magic Player
         Rep Donald Royal:  "I like what I heard today.  I think it
         will pass.  It's different from anything we've had in the
         past, but I think it's a real good deal for the players"
         (Tim Povtak, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/22).  The Heat's John
         Salley:  "It trips me out that MJ [Michael Jordan] would
         sign that [decertification petition] and not think what is
         better for the league. ... That's not cool" (NEWSPORT,
         6/21).  Suns Player Rep Joe Kleine:  "I think some of the
         criticism of Simon is unfair.  If all these big-name players
         had showed this kind of interest earlier, we would have had
         a much stronger union" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/22).  Agent Arn
         Tellem said there was more to decertification than blocking
         the new CBA:  "We have to repudiate this man [Gourdine] and
         stop him and let the league know he has no authority in
         representing the players" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 6/22).
         Leonard Armato, agent for Shaquille O'Neal:  "I have been
         told that much of the strategy of the NBA is to prevent
         someone like Shaquille from maximizing his market potential"
         (L.A. TIMES, 6/22).  Jeffrey Kessler, the attorney
         representing the dissenters:  "From what we know about the
         deal that's been leaked out, it will be the worst deal in
         the history of professional team sports from the players'
         stadnpoint" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22).  More Kessler:  "This
         is a rollback for the players.  The happiest man in America
         today is David Stern.  The only reason he's not happier is
         he sees that the rest of the players aren't going to let
         that happen" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/22).
         said he was "very disappointed" in his agentm, David Falk, a
         leader of the decertification effort.  Williams:  "David has
         represented me for 14 years.  He didn't call to tell me that
         he was getting involved in this.  I thought it was very poor
         taste" (Mark Heisler, L.A. TIMES, 6/22).

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         "The negotiating teams for the NBA and its Players
    Association announced Wednesday that they have agreed on a new
    labor contract," according to David Moore in this morning's
    DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Moore continues, "Meanwhile the legal
    maneuvers designed to prevent the quick approval of this
    collective bargaining agreement intensified" (DALLAS MORNING
    NEWS, 6/22).  Hawks President Stan Kasten, a member of the NBA's
    Labor Committee:  "I understand we're very close.  We still have
    to meet, discuss and vote" (Ailene Voisin, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    6/22).  The NBA Board of Governors and the 27 player reps meet
    for votes tomorrow, the owners in New York and the players in
              DON'T RATIFY, DECERTIFY!  The announcement of a deal
         came hours after 17 players petitioned the NLRB to legally
         decertify the union as their collective bargaining agent
         with the NBA.  Those players now need to provide the NLRB
         with signatures of 30% of the union's 324 members before the
         NBPA ratifies the new agreement.  If those signatures are
         filed by Friday -- and, according to Mark Asher of the
         WASHINGTON POST, "the attorney representing the unhappy
         players said they will be" -- the NLRB will hold a hearing
         on whether a vote should be held of the entire union
         membership.  If a vote is held, a majority would be
         necessary to decertify the union.  Decertification would
         kill the present agreement and end the league's labor
         exemption from antitrust laws (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22).  A
         decertification vote would be held 30-45 days after the NLRB
         hearing (Ronald Blum, AP/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/22).
              LET THE SELLING BEGIN:  In L.A., Mark Heisler described
         the NBPA as "under an eleventh-hour siege," but reports that
         in conference calls among 20 of the 27 player reps,
         "sentiment reportedly was running in favor of ratification"
         (L.A. TIMES, 6/22).  CNN's Fred Hickman reported, after
         talking with NBPA Exec Dir Simon Gourdine, President Buck
         Williams and VP Charles Smith, that "they feel as though
         they can sell this agreement to the players.  That once they
         see it they're going to see it's a good deal and there's
         going to be no problem ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 6/21).  In
         Boston, Jackie MacMullan also notes an "informal poll" of
         player reps indicated the deal would pass.  Also, Bucks
         Player Rep Ed Pinckney, who had signed a decertification
         notice, "has changed his position" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/22).

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