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         U.S. District Judge David Doty agreed with the NFLPA's
    objection to the calculations for the '96 salary cap and raised
    the cap by $2M to $40.8M per team on the eve of today's opening
    of the free agent season.  Judge Doty set a hearing for next
    Thursday to give the league a chance to argue for a reversal.
    The '95 cap of $37.1M had risen to $38.77M after an independent
    audit of team revenues, but the NFLPA objected citing added money
    from the new expansion teams.  NFL Dir of Communications Greg
    Aiello:  "We agree with the auditor's position."  While the judge
    offered both sides the option of delaying the start of free agent
    signings until next week, Aiello said he expects signings to
    begin today as scheduled (Larry Weismann, USA TODAY, 2/16).  In
    San Jose, Clark Judge notes Doty's ruling came just hours after
    the 49ers had "successfully squeezed" under the $37.8M figure
    through restructuring (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/16).

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         MLB's negotiating committee met in Chicago yesterday to put
    "finishing touches" on a counter-offer to present to the union
    next week.  The next move is not expected until MLBPA Exec Dir
    Don Fehr returns from Japan where he and other union officials
    have been meeting on the prospect of a true international World
    Series (USA TODAY, 2/16)....FIFA has proposed that MLS utilize a
    larger goal in its inaugural season.  Other announcements from
    the MLS Management Committee:  MLS games tied at the end of
    regulation will immediately go to a shootout; the league's
    offices will move from L.A. to New York (MLS).  USA TODAY notes
    the "need for more scoring" as a reason for the proposed goal-
    size change (USA TODAY, 2/16)....The NPSL will stage its first
    game outside the U.S. on March 10 when the K.C. Attack and the
    Chicago Power play a neutral-site game at the Verdun Auditorium
    in Montreal (NPSL)....Southern League stadiums will host five
    games in the '96 NationsBank USA Baseball Team tour.  The games,
    held in June and July, will feature matchups with Cuba and
    Nicaragua (Southern League).

    Print | Tags: Bank of America, Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB, MLS

         Radio City Music Hall exec Arlan Kantarian is no longer
    under consideration to head up MLB's new marketing and business
    unit, according to MLB and sports marketing sources cited by AD
    AGE.  The new division would be called either MLB Inc. or MLB
    Enterprises.  Kantarian is expected to stay at Radio City "with a
    new title and expanded responsibilities."  There was no comment
    from MLB, which is now searching for a new candidate (AD AGE
    ONLINE, 2/16).

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         While NBA officials were in Philadelphia yesterday to hear
    that city's presentation for the chance to host the '98 All-Star
    Game, officials from the Knicks made their pitch in San Antonio
    last week.  MSG/Knicks President Dave Checketts' presentation to
    a committee that included Commissioner David Stern included a Top
    Ten list from David Letterman on reasons the game should be in
    New York, as well as testimonials from Woody Allen, Tom Brokaw
    and Bill Murray.  Checketts argues that the recent trend of
    granting the game to cities with new arenas is unfair, especially
    since MSG just spent $200M to upgrade the Garden.  Checketts:
    "We have presented some very creative things that could give a
    nice twist to this event."  NBA sources say, while New York is
    "intriguing" to Stern, he has not ruled out the third city in
    contention, Portland.  Although SI's Jackie MacMullan notes the
    league has concerns that Portland may not have enough hotel space
    to accommodate the growing event (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 2/19
    issue).  NBA spokesperson Chris Brienza said the league could
    reach a decision "in a few weeks or a few months" (N.Y. POST,
         ACTING UNION HEAD:  NBPA official Alex English is serving as
    interim Exec Dir of the union until a permanent replacement is
    found (WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/16).

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