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  • IS TORONTO A CITY "WAITING FOR NFL"?

         Toronto will host the American Bowl game between the Cowboys
    and the Bills at SkyDome Saturday. Since the "day the [Sky] Dome
    opened, there has been little doubt that this is a stadium -- and
    a city -- in waiting for the NFL," writes Ken McKee in the
    TORONTO STAR.  SkyDome VP/Corporate Affairs David Garrick: "We
    are trying to make an impression on the NFL ... this will be
    bigger than the Grey Cup (in attendance, merchandise sales,
    etc.)."  Garrick says attendance for the game will hit 55,000,
    with tickets at C$35 (TORONTO STAR, 8/10).
    

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  • SAGE AND SPIRIT: DEAL HAS SOME NBA AGENTS THINKING

         "Insurgent agents greeted the latest agreement between the
    NBA and the players' union they tried to take over as if it had
    arrived on their doorsteps ticking," writes Mark Heisler in
    today's LOS ANGELES TIMES.  "They didn't endorse the deal, but
    after a summer of sticking pins into the union and league
    leaders, they simply might not have felt like it.  However, there
    were no ringing denunciations, either, suggesting a grudging
    approval."  Agent Fred Slaughter:  "Maybe we have a good deal
    here, but I said that in July, and it didn't turn out that way,
    so we'll see."  Leonard Armato, Shaquille O'Neal's agent: "I was
    not in support of the old deal, but the new deal I am supportive
    of.  I think it's a fair compromise of the forces out there and I
    feel my guys are protected."  Agent Keith Glass:  "I think it
    puts everybody on hold, at least.  Everybody has accused
    everybody of having different agendas.  My agenda is very clear
    from the first day.  I need a deal that isn't going to kill my
    players" (Mark Heisler, L.A. TIMES, 8/10).
         MORE AGENT REAX:  Arn Tellem:  "If it turns out to be a deal
    that the players feel positive about, my sense is decertification
    will go away.  On the other hand, if it's a deal players are
    still not happy with and don't think is fair, the players will
    continue to fight."  Marc Fleisher:  "We will be asking the
    league and the union to provide us with as much information as
    possible for our clients so they can educate themselves" (Murray
    Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 8/10). Henry Thomas:  "It's a move in the
    right direction.  Whether it's something a majority of the
    players will be in favor of remains to be seen" (CHICAGO SUN
    TIMES, 8/10).  Jimmy Sexton:  "Look, we're never going to win a
    lot of popularity contests anyway.  Our job right now is to see
    what's in the new agreement so we can advise our players."  Mark
    Bartelstein:  "Now the players are in a difficult position where
    they have to be the bad guys if they turn it down" (CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 8/10).  Frank Catipano:  "I'm telling my players the
    deal still stinks.  I'll tell them, 'Here's what you get.  What
    do you think of it?'" (Phil Sheridan, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,
    8/10).  Bill Strickland:  "The good thing is that there's time to
    look at this deal and digest it.  The players didn't even have 24
    hours to consider the last one.  They'll look at it and decide
    for themselves" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/10).
         FROM KESSLER:  Antitrust lawyer Jeffrey Kessler:  "If this
    turned out to be a great deal for the players, we would be happy.
    In fact we would be proud that we had gotten a better deal for
    the players, but that's not the case right now.  This deal is
    nothing but re-arranging the terms of the other deal" (ORLANDO
    SENTINEL, 8/10).  More Kessler:  "The players who supported
    decertification are skeptical but open minded.  We want to
    understand all the details before making judgements" (Roger
    Thurow, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/10).
    

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  • SUGAREE!: UNION SAYS DEAL IS GOOD FOR PLAYERS

         The NBA and NBPA are waiting until after the results of the
    NLRB decertification election are announced on September 12 to
    ask owners and union members to ratify the new deal, but that is
    not holding back reactions this morning.
         UNION LEADERSHIP:  Union President Buck Williams:  "All the
    hard work lies ahead of us.  We have to put a lot of time and
    effort into explaining this agreement to make sure the players
    are informed."  Williams, on the decertification effort:  "There
    is no chance in the world this movement will go away.  These
    insurgents are committed to the decertification effort.  There is
    no way they will retreat after taking such a hard-line position.
    They will counter with some sort of attack. ... If this deal is
    not ratified, it's beyond me" (David Moore, DALLAS MORNING NEWS,
    8/10).  NBPA VP Charles Smith: "I think this is a great deal for
    us.  I think we will be able to get this ratified."  NBPA Exec
    Dir Simon Gourdine:  "None of the dissidents were involved in
    this agreement. But as we convey the message, we will remind the
    players and those that are close to them that we are still one
    union and it's important we operate as one strong unit.  I'm very
    optimistic that as the word gets out, language from dissident
    players will be less vitriolic" (George Diaz, ORLANDO SENTINEL,
    8/10).
         PLAYER REPS:  ORLANDO -- Magic player rep Donald Royal:  "I
    can't believe that this deal won't go through"(ORLANDO SENTINEL,
    8/10). CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers player rep Danny Ferry:  "The
    decertification side should take some credit in this deal getting
    better.  And they should take credit in getting more people
    involved and concerned with what was going on.  Initially, I
    think both sides were dealing with a pretty apathetic group.  But
    this has been a positive thing" (Mark Asher/Richard Justice,
    WASHINGTON POST, 8/10).  CHICAGO -- Bulls player rep Steve Kerr:
    "Obviously, getting rid of the luxury tax was key, and maybe
    that'll make the deal more attractive to guys like Michael, who's
    looking to sign that big deal. ... It's not a perfect deal, but
    if it was a perfect deal then the owners wouldn't be in favor of
    it"  (John Jackson, CHICAGO SUN TIMES, 8/10). ATLANTA -- Hawks
    player rep Andrew Lang:  "It's time to come on board. ... We have
    the opportunity to come out of this with revenue that is
    respectable and fair and one that makes sense from the owners and
    the players standpoint." (Jeffrey Denberg, ATLANTA JOURNAL
    CONSTITUTION, 8/10).  SALT LAKE CITY --  Jazz Player Rep John
    Stockton:  "Everybody talks about how we have to sell it to all
    the players.  But to me, it's not as much about selling as it is
    informing.  Once everybody knows what this deal is all about it's
    no contest....On one hand, we have come up with a very good deal
    -- a very good deal.  On the other hand, we go to court and roll
    the dice.  What would you do?" (Steve Luhm, SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
    8/10).  PHOENIX -- Suns player rep Joe Kleine:  "The agents are
    probably going to crucify this deal.  But I'm pleased with it"
    (Bob Young, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/10).
    

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  • UBL OFFICIALS ASK LONG ISLAND COUNTY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

         United Baseball League officials are seeking permission to
    build a $12M ballpark in Suffolk County, NY and are asking local
    officials to contribute $7M-$10M in road, parking and sewer
    improvements. The UBL wants to build a 20,000-seat ballpark on
    the Brentwood campus of Suffolk Community College for a Long
    Island team (NEWSDAY, 8/9).
    

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