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Published January 13, 1997
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).