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  • DETAILS EMERGE ON REVISED NBA BARGAINING AGREEMENT

         The labor agreement between the NBA and its players, which
    is now before the union membership for ratification, would bring
    the players $80M in "additional money" over the term of the five-
    year deal, according to the WASHINGTON POST.  The players would
    receive an extra $50M in pension money, $28M the sale of the
    union logo, and 50% of profit-sharing revenue above $36M in the
    league's TV contracts with NBC and TNT.  In addition, the players
    gained revised salary cap rules allowing for more player
    movement, "financial independence" for the NBPA, and placement of
    the union logo on merchandise and at events such as All-Star
    Weekend.  In exchange, the NBA's annual draft will remain at two
    rounds.  Also, the league can "recoup" as much as $21M of the
    $28M in logo fees, "if the players' share of licensing revenues
    reaches certain levels."  NBA Commissioner David Stern declined
    to discuss specific terms, but he did call the give-back of the
    second round "part of the trading."  Unchanged from last summer:
    Unrestricted free agency; 50-50 split of other revenues; increase
    of players' group licensing to $25M; rookie wage scale; increased
    minimum salaries (Mark Asher, WASHINGTON POST, 7/2).
         HOOPS NOTES:  The Supreme Court has refused to revive former
    ABA player Joe Caldwell's antitrust suit against the now-defunct
    league.  Caldwell had alleged the ABA conspired to keep him out
    of the league because of his role as head of the players
    association (AP/N.Y. TIMES, 7/2)....Shaquille O'Neal denied
    statements by his agent, Leonard Armato, that he might not have
    played in Atlanta if not properly insured.  O'Neal:  "Leonard
    said that; I'm not Leonard.  I call the shots" (WASHINGTON POST,
    7/2)...."NBC Nightly News" noted a survey shows basketball is the
    most dangerous sport in America, producing 694,000 injuries last
    year, followed by cycling, football, skiing, skating and baseball
    (NBC, 7/1).
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

         MLS was the focus of positive profiles over the weekend.
    Average attendance was 20,883 as of last Saturday.  Despite the
    higher than expected revenues and a salary cap, MLS Commissioner
    Doug Logan said they will lose a "substantial" amount of money
    this year and next.  Logan also termed K.C., Tampa and Denver
    "soft cities" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/30).  L.A. Galaxy GM Danny
    Villanueva:  "I like where we're at" (WASHINGTON TIMES,
    6/30)....Arena Football has added Fox 40 Int'l -- one of the
    world's largest manufacturers of whistles -- as a league sponsor.
    The company will be title sponsor of the AFL's "Official of the
    Year Award" (AFL)....The IRL and Indianapolis' National City Bank
    Indiana have established a special finance program to help IRL
    teams purchase new cars and engines in '97.  The bank will loan
    up to 75% of the cost, with teams paying back interest only for
    six months (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 6/29). ....FIFA will stick
    with a 32-team field for the 2002 World Cup Finals, despite
    Japanese officials' requests to increase that number (KYODO NEWS,
    6/30)....The N.Y. TIMES profiles NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series,
    "the fastest growing race series in the country" (N.Y. TIMES,
    7/2).
    

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  • MLB OWNERS READY TO GET IN THE SPIRIT OF BROTHERLY LOVE?

         MLB's owners "plan to intensify their negotiations" with the
    MLBPA starting today in an attempt to complete a labor deal
    "within a week," according to Mark Maske in this morning's
    WASHINGTON POST.  Sources close to the situation say the owners
    are ready for "around-the-clock bargaining sessions," but that
    the players are "wary" of the motives and concerned that
    management negotiator Randy Levin will not be able to get
    ownership approval for a deal.  Sources said the two sides are
    "inching closer" on details of a taxation system (Mark Maske,
    WASHINGTON POST, 7/2).
         IS MURPHY LAW?  If new MLB marketing chief Greg Murphy is to
    succeed, there are a few key areas that need to be addressed
    immediately, according to Terry Lefton in the latest BRANDWEEK,
    including the need for centralized marketing and a greater
    investment on marketing in terms of a higher percentage of
    revenues spent (BRANDWEEK, 7/1).
    

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  • NBA DRAFT WRAP-UP: WHO REPRESENTS THE PICKS?

         Today, THE DAILY presents an exclusive look at the agents
    representing the NBA's first round draft picks.  Tomorrow:  The
    second round (THE DAILY).
    NO.  PLAYER                   AGENT/FIRM
     1.  Allen Iverson            David Falk/FAME
     2.  Marcus Camby             James Bryant, Tony Dutt/ProServ
     3.  Shareef Abdur-Rahim      UNSIGNED
     4.  Stephon Marbury          Eric Fleisher
     5.  Ray Allen                Lee Fentress/Advantage Int'l
     6.  Antoine Walker           David Falk, Michael Higgins/FAME
     7.  Lorenzen Wright          UNSIGNED
     8.  Kerry Kittles            David Falk, Michael Higgins/FAME
     9.  Samaki Walker            Eric Rudolph
    10.  Erick Dampier            UNSIGNED
    11.  Todd Fuller              Richard Howell
    12.  Vitaly Potapenko         David Bauman, Curtis Polk/FAME
    13.  Kobe Bryant              Arn Tellem/Tellem Associates
                                  Rick Bradley/William Morris
    14.  Predrag Stojakovic       UNSIGNED
    15.  Steve Nash               Bill Duffy/Sports West Management
    16.  Tony Delk                Steve Kauffman/Kauffman Sports Mgmt
    17.  Jermaine O'Neal          Arn Tellem/Tellem Associates
    18.  John Wallace             Eric Fleisher
    19.  Walter McCarty           David Falk, Michael Higgins/FAME
    20.  Zydrunas Ilgauskas       Herb Rudoy
    21.  Dontae' Jones            Tim Jumper
    22.  Roy Rogers               UNSIGNED
    23.  Efthimis Retzias         Keith Glass
    24.  Derek Fisher             Elbert Crawford
    25.  Martin Muursepp          Bill Sweek/ProServ
    26.  Jerome Williams          Lon Babby/Williams & Connolly
    27.  Brian Evans              Richard Bell/Blue Chip Sports
    28.  Priest Lauderdale        Eric Fleisher
    29.  Travis Knight            Arn Tellem/Tellem Associates
    

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