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  • NBA STILL CAN'T CLEAR BOORISH-BEHAVIOR HURDLE

              In Chicago, Sam Smith writes on the NBA, calling it
         "Just another week in the league gone mad. ... One of the
         biggest problems facing the NBA today is the intransigence
         and obstructionism" of the league's Players Association,
         "which continues to defy the league's attempts to bring more
         discipline to the game" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/12).  The
         CHICAGO SUN-TIMES' Lacy Banks: "Who is running this NBA
         asylum? ... [Commissioner] David Stern ... is making the NBA
         an international marketing gold mine.  But while a
         deteriorating economy is definitely damaging the league, the
         negative behavior of various players might be causing even
         more harm" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/12).
              LATIN LOVER: NBA VP/Managing Dir of Latin America Rob
         Levine is profiled by Fran Brennan in the MIAMI HERALD. 
         Brennan, on Levine's efforts to increase the NBA's
         popularity in Latin America: "Apparently, it's working. 
         Although few of the NBA's players hail from Latin America
         countries, the league sells down south (MIAMI HERALD, 1/12).
    
    
    

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  • N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE SAYS NFL GETTING "SACKED" BY SPORTS FANS

              The state of the NFL was examined by Allen Barra in
         Sunday's N.Y. TIMES magazine under the header, "How Football
         Got Sacked."  Barra writes that "on the verge of another
         'Stupor Sunday,' it might be time for a reassessment. ...
         The dip in the TV ratings and those empty seats in the
         Meadowlands may be forgotten in the rush of the coming Super
         Bowl hype, but they're signaling a change in the American
         way of life -- a change that the men at the top of the
         football establishment will typically be the last to see
         coming" (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 1/12).
              NEWS & NOTES: In Boston, Will McDonough notes a poll of
         all 30 NFL teams indicates that 22 would vote for instant
         replay, with eight teams against.  23 votes are needed to
         approve replay's return.  McDonough: "With the vote that
         close, the issue will fall into the hands of commissioner
         Paul Tagliabue" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/12).... The success of the
         Jaguars and Panthers, and their effect on the cities of
         Jacksonville and Charlotte, were profiled in Saturday's N.Y.
         TIMES.  The TIMES' Kevin Sack writes that, with the success
         of the Panthers and Jaguars, "football is being embraced and
         promoted for those upstart towns as a metaphor for civic
         momentum" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/11). 
    
    

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  • THIS ONE GOES TO 11: NHL SET TO HEAR EXPANSION BIDS

              The NHL will hear eleven presentations from nine cities
         bidding for an expansion team over the next two days in New
         York City, according to Damien Cox of the TORONTO STAR. 
         Each group, including three from Houston, will have 30-45
         minutes to "make its pitch," then another 30-45 minutes to
         answer questions.  The cities: Atlanta; Houston; Nashville;
         Raleigh-Durham, NC; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Columbus, OH;
         Hampton Roads, VA; Hamilton, ON; and Oklahoma City, OK.  Cox
         notes Atlanta "is regarded as the favorite along with
         Houston ... mostly because it is believed the league is
         looking to improve" its TV presence.  But those two do not
         have "perfect arena arrangements" and "only Nashville has
         everything in place" (TORONTO STAR, 1/13).  USA TODAY's
         Kevin Allen notes that with the NHL looking to land "a far
         more lucrative" TV deal in two years, "they will be looking
         to expand their national ratings potential with this round
         of expansion.  That's why Atlanta is considered the favorite
         ... Houston also seems like a certainty."  The "conventional
         wisdom" is for the NHL to expand by four teams by the 2000,
         two in '98-99 and two in '99-00 (USA TODAY, 1/13). 
              LOCAL REAX: In Houston, Neil Hohlfeld: "Perhaps it is a
         coincidence, but the [Executive Committee] will hear the
         bids from the Houston groups in the order that probably is
         how they rank in terms of winning the expansion battle:" 
         IHL Aeros Owner Chuck Watson, followed by Rockets Owner Les
         Alexander and then the Maloof family (HOUSTON CHRONICLE,
         1/12).  In Atlanta, Henry Unger notes that Turner
         Broadcasting's bid "is viewed as one of the strongest by
         league observers" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/13).  St. Paul
         Mayor Norm Coleman: "It wouldn't surprise me if the league
         announces Atlanta and Houston would join as expansion teams
         in '98 and leaves 2000 open to wait for the resolution of
         the Hartford situation."  The Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE's
         Curt Brown notes St. Paul "is considered a prime relocation
         city because the league has been inclined to waive hefty
         transfer fees," as much as $20M, for teams returning to
         former NHL cities (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/13). 
              COL. KURTZ?  In Toronto, Damien Cox, on expansion: "The
         horror.  The horror" (TORONTO STAR, 1/13). 
              ALL-STAR DOUGH: In San Jose, city officials estimate
         that "direct spending" at the NHL All-Star weekend "will
         exceed" $5M and "indirect spending should exceed" $10M (SAN
         JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/12). 
    
    

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