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NBA TO TESTIFY OVER SEAHAWKS STADIUM FUNDING MECHANISM

          NBA attorneys will testify today in Olympia, WA,
     "against the portion of the Seahawk stadium-financing plan
     that would tax sports memorabilia and apparel licensed by
     the NBA," according to Robert Nelson of the SEATTLE TIMES. 
     Chris Brienza, NBA Dir of Media Relations: "We don't
     understand why the NBA is being asked to pay for a football
     stadium."  The publicly funded portion of the stadium plan
     will be the subject of two hearings today.  NBA Chief Legal
     Office Jeffrey Mishkin is one of two league officials who
     will testify.  Saturday, he called the proposed 10%
     wholesale tax on licensed, logo-bearing merchandise "simply
     unfair."  Mishkin: "Our basic position here is that we
     cannot understand why the NBA should be asked to pay for a
     public project we did not ask for and will not benefit
     from."  One official said the league's attorneys "will not
     comment on the rest of the plan or the wisdom of using
     public money to finance it."  The TIMES' Nelson reports that
     one of the NBA's "concerns" is that the 10% surcharge "would
     make it more difficult for league-sanctioned apparel to
     compete in price against clothing sold by Polo, Nike and
     other manufacturers" (SEATTLE TIMES, 3/1). 

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