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SBD/23/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published April 23, 1996
The NFL Draft could be moved to early March as soon as '98, according to Gordon Forbes of USA TODAY. The move would "be part of a plan to overhaul the draft process and end a growing problem of bickering between personnel people and head coaches." NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue had planned to move the draft next year, but was persuaded by personnel people to wait until '98 (USA TODAY, 4/23)....NHL Senior VP/Hockey Op Brian Burke said he would prefer the NHL keep three periods over four quarters, but he did note his own children "lose interest" during breaks. Burke, on shorter periods and time-outs: "It's something to look at, but it's not Fox driven" (NewSport, 4/23). In Philadelphia, Timothy Dwyer criticizes Commissioner Gary Bettman's aim to end fighting, saying the NHL should focus instead on cheap shots levied during play (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/20).