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STERN REACTIONS: MEDIA RESPOND TO CALIPARI, HALBERSTAM FINES

          Media reactions continue over NBA Commissioner David
     Stern's $25,000 fining of Nets Coach John Calipari and
     $2,500 fining of Heat radio broadcaster David Halberstam for
     remarks made last week.  
          GOOD CALL? In N.Y., NEWSDAY's Shaun Powell, on
     Calipari:  "He got what he deserved:  Tons of bad publicity,
     plenty of sleepless nights, added stress."  Powell: "He
     didn't deserve to lose his job or get a suspension, and a
     single mistake shouldn't become a scarlet letter" (NEWSDAY,
     3/28).  The BOSTON GLOBE's Peter May notes that the NBPA
     "dared the league" to do something about Calipari's
     comments, two days before the fine (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/30).  In
     DC, Leonard Shapiro: "Broadcasters shouldn't come under the
     commissioner's jurisdiction, and shouldn't be on team
     payrolls in the first place, even if it's clearly the trend
     in pro sports these days" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/28).  In San
     Diego, Fritz Quindt, on Stern: "Nice precedent he's setting. 
     Honk if you think it goes beyond the power vested in someone
     who puts his signature on a basketball" (UNION-TRIBUNE,
     3/31).  In N.Y., Bob Raissman: "Announcers are always faced
     with walking a tightrope.  Stern's ruling may lead some
     voices to feel the rope is greased.  With the NBA setting
     this precedent, might other leagues follow suit?" (N.Y.
     DAILY NEWS, 3/28).  In Dallas, Cathy Harasta noted that
     Stern's decision -- "though the fines were skimpy,"--
     indicated he felt the NBA "must be vigilant about what is
     said, even if the remarks go beyond the game" (DALLAS
     MORNING NEWS, 3/29).  In S.F., David Steele noted the NBA
     "stepped way beyond the normal and accepted boundaries of
     corporate America. It's about time somebody did" (S.F.
     CHRONICLE, 4/1).  In Utah, Brad Rock:  "The fines were
     important for two reasons: first, because the NBA sent a
     clear message that it won't tolerate racially offensive
     remarks; second, those employed by the league or its teams
     are now accountable for what they say, even if the remarks
     aren't directly about basketball" (DESERET NEWS, 3/28).  
          NET RESULT: In a meeting with Nets execs yesterday,
     Calipari received a formal letter of reprimand for his
     comments, according to Selena Roberts in the N.Y. TIMES. 
     The team did not levy an additional fine to the NBA's, and
     "there was no apparent move" to force Calipari to
     "relinquish" some "power and control" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/1).
          BOOK REPORT: A Pocket Books publication called "Money
     Wars: Days and Nights in the NBA," by Armen Keteyian, Harvey
     Araton and Martin Dardis will be released next Tuesday.  It
     includes two chapters focusing on some of the "turbulent
     events" surrounding Michael Jordan's '93 retirement. 
     Keteyian: "There are two chapters specifically, out of 20
     ... that deal with Michael Jordan" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/1). 
        
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