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  • BASEBALL OWNERS NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE TO MEET VIA PHONE

         MLB owners' labor negotiating committee will hold a
    conference call today.  Rockies Owner Jerry McMorris said the
    committee will meet at the All-Star game next month, "then resume
    talks" with the players.  McMorris, Red Sox CEO John Harrington
    and Royals CEO David Glass are expected to comprise the
    "bargaining team."  McMorris said negotiations with players will
    resume "definitely in July" (AP/Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 6/30).
    Two pieces this morning examine baseball's low attendance and how
    the lack of a CBA is in some way responsible.  Allan Barra, in
    the WALL STREET JOURNAL:  "What is remarkable, however, is that
    attendance this year isn't lower than it is, given that another
    strike would render the games fans are watching now meaningless.
    And don't kid yourself: in the absence of a Basic Agreement
    between players and owners, a strike looms as a real possibility"
    (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/30).  In Philadelphia, Lynn Zinser
    writes, "No one is going to fully invest their emotions in
    baseball until they are reasonably sure they won't have the rug
    pulled out from under them.  As it is, the next World Series
    seems as endangered as the last one" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS,
    6/30).
    

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  • CFL PLAYERS/OWNERS AGREE ON ONE YEAR CBA

         The CFL and its Players Association announced yesterday that
    they have agreed on a one-year CBA.  Details of the agreement
    were not released and are pending ratification of the union and
    CFL board.  CFL Commissioner Larry Smith: "There haven't been
    many labor negotiations in sports recently that have been
    harmonious.  We scored a touchdown."  The league will apparently
    keep its requirement of 20 Canadian players on each Canadian
    team, with the U.S. teams continuing to have no quota (GLOBE &
    MAIL, 6/30).
    

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  • REPORTS INDICATE NBA LOCKOUT COULD START AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

         "NBA owners will lock out their players at midnight tonight
    if they have neither ratified a new collective bargaining
    agreement approved by the owners nor ceased efforts to decertify
    the union and sue the league," according to sources cited by Lacy
    Banks in Chicago.  The NBA declined to confirm or deny.  A
    lockout "would constitute the first work stoppage in the 49-year
    history of the league."  One GM "said the lockout could be the
    league's counterattack against the players for filing for
    decertification of their union and for filing the antitrust suit
    against the league" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/30).
         ALL THAT JAZZ:  Jazz Owner Larry Miller told KISN-Radio in
    Salt Lake City that he believed there would be a lockout.
    Miller, whose comments were picked up by the wires and CNN and
    ESPN sports reports:  "I really think that tomorrow at midnight
    we'll have our first work stoppage in the NBA, barring unforeseen
    development.  If the players continue down their path, they are
    taking us exactly down the road baseball and hockey went down"
    (WASHINGTON POST, 6/30).
         TALKS GO ON:  NBA Commissioner David Stern and NBPA Exec Dir
    Simon Gourdine "met for four hours yesterday in New York in an
    effort to jump-start labor negotiations that ended last week when
    the players refused to ratify an agreement that included a rookie
    salary cap and luxury tax," according to Richard Justice in
    Washington.  "Neither side would comment on the negotiations"
    (WASHINGTON POST, 6/30).  The owners' negotiating team gave the
    players "their latest contract proposal plus a request that the
    union cease decertification efforts and end an antitrust lawsuit
    that, owners feel, is interfering with negotiations," according
    to the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.  NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik:
    "We have not heard from the union leadership.  And until we do,
    we feel it is inappropriate to comment" (Lacy Banks, CHICAGO SUN-
    TIMES, 6/30).  Gourdine:  "We agreed to get together in seven to
    10 days" (USA TODAY, 6/30).
         STEP IN AND TAKE THE CHARGE?  The NLRB yesterday "announced
    it was investigating whether the Federal lawsuit filed by seven
    dissident players against the NBA Wednesday was an attempt to
    circumvent the board's jurisdiction."  Daniel Silverman, Dir of
    the NLRB's New York office:  "This has to do with whether the
    NLRB should decide if the union is the bargaining representative
    or is it appropriate for that to be resolved in the District
    Court."  Jeffrey Kessler, the attorney representing the suing
    players:  "I don't think there's any dispute between us and the
    NLRB.  We've explained to them in great detail what we were
    seeking in the antitrust court. ... In this case, the players are
    exercising both rights [labor and antitrust] that are independent
    but parallel."  Silverman said he would decide in "a matter of
    days" whether or not to recommend to NLRB General Counsel Fred
    Feinstein that he seek authority to block the players' suit "as
    it relates to a league lockout."  In addition, because union and
    league officials met yesterday, the dissident players filed an
    unfair labor practices charge against the league (N.Y. TIMES,
    6/30).
         TV COVERAGE:  ESPN's Keith Olbermann, on lockout talk: "The
    owners of the New Jersey Devils would be embarrassed by the
    timing of this" ("SportsCenter," 6/29). CNN's "Sports Tonight"
    led with the NBA labor story (CNN, 6/29).
    

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