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  • NBA PLAYERS HIT THE POLLS TODAY TO DECIDE THEIR FATE

         Members of the NBPA begin voting today on whether or not to
    decertify the union.  Ballots can be cast at NLRB regional
    offices around the country today and next Wednesday, September 7
    (THE DAILY).
         AT QUESTION:  The exact question players will face is: "Do
    you wish to be represented by the National Basketball Players'
    Association for the purpose of collective bargaining?'" (TORONTO
    SUN, 8/30).  A "yes" vote keeps the union intact; a "no" vote
    decertifies the union.
         WORDS FROM THE TOP:  NBA Commissioner David Stern:  "We
    think the facts have finally gotten to the players.  We expect a
    good turnout and a resoundingly positive vote for the union, the
    deal and the season" (David Moore, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/30).
    NBPA Exec Dir Simon Gourdine:  "Now all we can do is wait for the
    votes to be cast and tallied.  We've toured 17 cities in 12 days
    and talked with 99 players.  As such, we've done our best to get
    our message across" (John Jackson, CHICAGO SUN TIMES, 8/30).
    Michael Jordan:  "Because of the danger of not having a season,
    should we accept any deal that's proposed?  I don't think that's
    fair for the players.  We're using decertification to get the
    best fair deal.  We're not striking here.  We want to play"
    (Roscoe Nance, USA TODAY, 8/30).
         ANOTHER TWIST:  Kings' guard Mitch Richmond has filed an
    unfair labor charge against Stern, alleging his statements
    threatening a cancellation of the season if the NBPA decertifies
    violate labor law.  Richmond attorney David Odom, on Stern:
    "He's scaring the guys into voting against decertification, and
    that's illegal."  NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik:  "There
    have been no unfair labor practices committed by the NBA. It is
    simply a fact that the only way to assure the 1995-96 season will
    begin on time is a 'yes' vote in (today's) election" (Mark Asher,
    WASHINGTON POST, 8/30).
         GETTING CARDED:  The POST's Asher also reports that NLRB New
    York Regional Director Daniel Silverman said  players might be
    able to use their trading cards as identification for balloting.
    Silverman:  "It has a signature on it and it has a picture on it.
    A reasonable argument could be made that it is sufficient
    identification and we likely would accept it" (WASHINGTON POST,
    8/30).
         HOW'S IT PLAYING?  Here is a round-up of many of the
    headlines players are reading in their hometowns this morning as
    they head to vote:  Baltimore SUN:  "NBA players begin
    decertification vote:  effect is to approve or veto contract";
    CHARLOTTE OBSERVER:  "NBA Players to decide future of union";
    CHICAGO SUN TIMES:  "Both sides campaigning hard before NBA labor
    vote"; CHICAGO TRIBUNE:  "NBA, union aim to get out vote on NBA
    labor situation"; DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  "NBA players set to vote
    on decertification issue"; FT. WORTH STAR TELEGRAM:  "NBA could
    be on its way to a certified mess"; HOUSTON CHRONICLE:  "SIgns
    grow that union will survive: informal poll gives hope NBA to
    begin on time"; L.A. TIMES:  "NBA Lockout:  They'll approve
    collective bargaining agreement or decertify players'
    association"; Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE:  "NBA players to vote to
    side with Stern or Jordan"; N.Y. TIMES:  "It seems anyone's call
    as polls open today"; PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER:  "A day of decision
    in NBA"; SACRAMENTO BEE:  "NBA's players head for the polls";
    SALT LAKE TRIBUNE:  "It's Stern vs. Jordan as NBA voting opens";
    TORONTO SUN:  "Polls open today for NBA players"; WASHINGTON
    POST:  "Players vote on NBA union today"; WASH. TIMES:  "Players
    to decide union's fate with trips to the ballot BOX."
    

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  • PGA TOUR EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES FOR NON-MEMBERS

         The PGA Tour Tournament Policy Board voted yesterday to
    expand the number of tournaments available to "nonmembers" from
    five to seven,  Because the Players Championship, the NEC World
    Series of Golf and the three U.S. majors do not count against the
    limit, the change will allow international players who are
    members of another circuit access to a total of 12 Tour events.
    The Board also has made it "easier" for graduates of the
    Qualifying School to get into tournaments, by reducing the number
    of spots reserved for PGA of America members, amending the
    medical exemption category and reserving the top 125 exempt list
    to Tour members only.  These changes "should allow" all Q School
    grads the chance to compete in 26 or 27 events (N.Y. TIMES,
    8/30).
    

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  • SCRIBE FOR A DAY: JERRY JONES EXTOLS MARKETING IN COLUMN

         Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones expressed his views on the NFL's
    marketing and sponsorship system in a guest column in this
    morning's DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Jones opens, "The face of
    professional sports is constantly changing.  My personal
    philosophy regarding change -- and progress -- is that innovation
    is not a spectator sport.  You better be one of the group that is
    spearheading change and pushing the envelope."  Jones continues
    by addressing his team's "recent moves in the areas of marketing
    and sponsorships."  Jones: "Anything done by the Cowboys in the
    area of team marketing is done in a progressive spirit, with the
    intention of benefiting the entire National Football League."
    Jones adds that the "primary flaw" in current revenue sharing of
    NFL Properties "is that it eliminates the incentive for teams to
    go out and aggressively create marketing opportunities that are
    unique to their team and community."  Jones: "Quite frankly, we
    can all do better at the local level."  Jones writes that
    individual franchises "are much better suited to create their own
    unique marketing strategies than a central sales force that is
    located in New York City."  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW YOU
    LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN:  Jones writes that he believes revenue
    sharing "is critical to the overall balance and success of a
    league.  I also believe the time has come to modify some of the
    procedures we have in place for creating and distributing
    revenue."  Jones notes that he is against changing the system in
    which television and gate money are split, and adds that the
    ticket revenue sharing system "has worked on the incentive plan,"
    encouraging local teams to hustle "to put people in the seats" by
    rewarding them with 2/3 of ticket revenue.  Jones: "I believe
    that each team could easily improve upon the 5 percent that is
    currently generated by NFL properties."  BALANCE WILL REMAIN
    STABLE:  Jones believes an incentive-based system "is not going
    to upset any perceived balance of power, it's only going to open
    untapped outlets of opportunity."  Jones says "safeguards" could
    be established to help teams with "geographic or economic
    disadvantages in this new way of marketing."  Jones:  "The league
    is only as strong as our weakest team" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS,
    8/30).
    

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