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  • AFTER A FEHRLY LONG BREAK, BASEBALL TALKS TO RESUME

         Negotiators for MLB owners and players are scheduled to meet
    tomorrow for the first time in 12 weeks, according to the N.Y.
    TIMES.  MLBPA representatives will reportedly present a
    counterproposal to an offer made by the owners on November 15.
    The owners' plan called for adjusting taxes on player payrolls
    based on industry revenues.  The union "has indicated" they see
    that as not much different than the luxury tax idea rejected last
    March (N.Y. TIMES, 2/6).
    

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  • IN THE LINE OF FIRE: MR. TAGLIABUE GOES TO WASHINGTON, AGAIN

         NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue appears before the House
    Judiciary Committee today for further testimony on franchise
    movement, according to Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY.  Testifying
    with Tagliabue will be Cleveland Mayor Michael White and Houston
    Mayor Bob Lanier, with the "key issue" being the use of public
    funds by cities to subsidize private enterprises (USA TODAY,
    2/6).  In Houston, John Williams reports "support is growing" for
    legislation to enable cities that lose a team to gain another NFL
    franchise.  OH Rep. Martin Hoke's bill to protect "midsize
    markets" has attracted 43 co-sponsors (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/6).
         BROWNS VOTE THIS WEEK: Browns Owner Art Modell told the
    Baltimore SUN he has been promised there will be a vote on his
    team's move to Baltimore during a special owners meeting in
    Chicago on Thursday and Friday.  Modell responded to reports that
    Baltimore's efforts would be "derailed" by the Seahawks' L.A.
    bid.  Modell said he has not been lobbying his fellow owners to
    help approve his move: "If I don't have a good case, they should
    vote no" (Baltimore SUN, 2/6).
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

         New MLS Commissioner Doug Logan was profiled in the DALLAS
    MORNING NEWS.  Logan said the league has to "produce a credible
    product on the field worthy of being called Division One soccer,
    and we have to get to that level quickly" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS,
    2/4....The CFL is preparing "for an onslaught of blitzing
    lawyers," according to Marty York of the GLOBE & MAIL.  QB Matt
    Dunigan has sent a letter to CFL Commissioner Larry Smith
    threatening to sue for US$1.7M over his guaranteed contract with
    the now-defunct Birmingham Barracudas.  The league will now
    consist exclusively of Canadian teams and could face similar
    suits over its "failed U.S. division" (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/6).
    

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