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Published March 21, 1996
In Milwaukee, Dale Hofmann notes recent NBA public relations "brush fires" -- Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Dennis Rodman, etc. -- and writes, "Just when people start to think pro basketball is magic again, they're forced to wonder if it isn't as contentious and bratty as baseball" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/21)....On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the NFLPA's argument that unions should be able to file antitrust suits against sports leagues if owners impose new work rules after CBA's expire. Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr argues for the union (AP/VANCOUVER PROVINCE, 3/21)....In New York, Richard Sandomir examines the suit filed by the NBA against STATS Inc. and Motorola over the SportsTrax pager. Noting that the NBA has plans for its own pager with IBM and IDS, Sandomir asks, "Is a two-minute delay between live action and an update too close for infringement?" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/21)....In Washington, Josh Young notes the drug use questions surrounding men's tennis after a London court upheld ITF-administered drug tests that showed Mats Wilander and Karel Novacek testing positive for cocaine during the '95 French Open (WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/21). ....USA TODAY examines the resurgence of the Corel WTA Tour (Doug Smith, USA TODAY, 3/21)....Japan and South Korea have told Asian soccer officials they have no plans to co-host the 2002 World Cup finals (KYODO NEWS, 3/20).