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  • BY GEORGE, TONY EXPLAINS THE POSITION OF THE IRL

         Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and IRL founder Tony
    George explains his position in an op/ed piece that ran in
    Sunday's INDIANAPOLIS STAR.  George writes that CART's position
    against the new qualifying procedures for the Indy 500 come from
    CART's desire to "eliminate the IRL and gain control of the
    Indianapolis 500."  George claims CART created the conflicts that
    threaten participation in Indy through its schedule, which makes
    it impossible to race in both circuits.  He also calls the IRL's
    qualifying incentives "a new and interesting dimension to how
    starting fields are established because they provide a hard,
    venue-to-venue continuity."  George continues: "CART had
    obviously made a perfectly legal, free-market competition move to
    prevent its teams from participating in the opportunities
    presented by the IRL.  At that point, it became incumbent on us
    to respond in kind, and we did it with a carrot instead of a
    stick."  George writes the IRL's purpose is not to "harm or
    control CART," but to keep the Indy 500 in the control of a local
    group (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/22).  In Philadelphia, Pete Schnatz
    reports fan response has "exceeded expectations" in Orlando for
    the IRL's inaugural race at Walt Disney World.  The race is
    reportedly a "virtual sellout already" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,
    10/21).
    

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  • NBA REPLACEMENT REFS TAKING A BEATING FROM THE PLAYERS

         NBA players say the officiating during the NBA preseason has
    been "inconsistent at best."  They are having a hard time
    adjusting to the college and CBA refs filling in for locked-out
    NBA officials.  The primary problem cited is the number of fouls
    called.  Michael Jordan: "They're trying to be helpful and make
    all the little calls, but I don't think they understand the game
    to a point where the ticky-tack fouls don't always have to be
    called" (Terry Armour, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/23).  Celtic Dino
    Radja:  "We have to get them back.  We have to start saying it."
    Guard Dana Barros: "I never thought I'd be saying it, but we do
    miss the (regular) guys" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/23).  Nugget Dikembe
    Mutombo:  "Things are getting worse, and it's not in the players'
    interest.  I mean, it's a league problem.  You can't get mad at
    these guys" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/23).
         FREE AGENT TAMPERING:  Two teams with big-name free agents
    in '96 -- Denver (Mutombo) and Charlotte (Alonzo Mourning) --
    have put the league on notice for "potential tampering
    violations.  Their primary target?  [Pat] Riley and the Heat"
    (Mitch Lawrence, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/22).
         NOTES FROM LONDON:  In New York, Harvey Araton writes,
    "While the NBA tones down its domestic act, it was pumping up the
    volume over here."  But Araton notes that the British are not as
    excited about the NBA as the rest of Europe.  "More than
    professional basketball, they also prefer the World Series,
    judging by Times of London coverage."  The paper offered a
    lengthy preview of the Series while "relegating its hometown
    basketball event to six well-hidden paragraphs" (N.Y. TIMES,
    10/22)....Marv Albert called NBA Commissioner David Stern "more
    visible today on the world scene than Warren Christopher" (NBC,
    10/21).
    

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  • UPSHAW MEETS WITH AGENTS OVER EXTENSION OF NFL CBA

         NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw met with a "handful of big-name
    player agents" last Tuesday in Dallas to discuss the proposed
    extension to the NFL's present CBA.  The union and league want
    "labor peace" beyond '99 when they head into talks for their next
    TV contract in '98.  Since the union "took quite a bit of heat
    from players and agents during the initial stages" of the
    implementation of the '93 CBA, Upshaw has been traveling around
    the country talking with players and agents (Timothy Smith, N.Y.
    TIMES, 10/22).
         DEION TALK:  The NFL has notified Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones
    that his team is over the cap "and had better make an adjustment
    pronto."  Under the present CBA, a team is not allowed to play a
    game if it is over the cap.  This was the bye week for the
    Cowboys, "which is why the league office chose it to bring the
    Deion Sanders contract matter to a head."  Jones maintains
    Sanders should cost him $2.02M per season against the cap, while
    the league says the figure should be $3.39M (Will McDonough,
    BOSTON GLOBE, 10/22).
         INSTANT REPLAY:  NBC's Will McDonough conducted a poll for
    "NFL on NBC" that showed the Cardinals, Bills, Bears, Bengals,
    Cowboys, Giants, and Bucs against using instant replay.  The
    Panthers, Lions, Chiefs and Jets are "leaning against."  NBC's
    Joe Gibbs: "It's crazy not to use every tool we can to help
    officials who do make mistakes."  NBC's Mike Ditka: "What's best
    for the league is what the fans want, and the fans want instant
    replay" (NBC, 10/22).
    

    Print | Tags: Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBC, New York Jets, NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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