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              CBA Commissioner Steve Patterson was interviewed on
         CNNfn's "Sports Inc."  Patterson, on the CBA targeting young
         players: "Many of these young men ... want to make a living. 
         They can make a good living in the CBA while they still
         prepare for the NBA at the same time."  In responding to
         criticism regarding its offer to 17-year-old Lamar Odom and
         other young players, Patterson said, "[I]t's important as we
         embark upon this to put an educational program and a life
         skills program in at the same time, so as we're developing
         players to become better basketball players ... we also
         educate them in life skills.  The NBA addresses this, we
         think we need to go further, and we think it's probably
         easier to do in the smaller markets that we're in than in
         Chicago, [L.A.], New York, where the temptations and the
         distractions are so extraordinary" (CNNfn, 9/17).

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              U.S. players in the Davis Cup "have had their pay
         quadrupled" from $25,000 per round to $100,000, according to
         Julie Cart of the L.A. TIMES.  Whether "for money or
         country, the event has drawn the participation" of the top
         two men's players, Pete Sampras and Michael Chang, who will
         play for the U.S. as they take on Australia in Washington
         this weekend.  While Cart wrote that "it always seems to be
         the Americans who are reluctant to represent their country
         in the nearly century-old Davis Cup," a USTA official said
         that the "impetus for the pay raise did not come from the
         players."  Players will also receive a bonus for playing in
         three rounds in a year, and may designate a charity or
         foundation to which the USTA pays the first $25,000 (L.A.
         TIMES, 9/16).  In N.Y., Robin Finn examined the Cup under
         the header, "American Players Resist Davis Cup.  Rest Of
         World Embraces The Competition" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/17).

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              The ABL Quest's Valerie Still, on former teammate Nikki
         McCray's signing with the WNBA: "What is the WNBA going to
         do, market Nikki McCray as the MVP of the ABL when they've
         never acknowledged the existence of the ABL?  I'm not
         against the WNBA if they truly are for women's basketball. 
         But so far, everything at the WNBA is, 'I got the money, I
         got the power, so I'm doing it the way I want to, and you
         just have to be satisfied'" (USA TODAY, 9/18).  In Columbus,
         columnist Bob Hunter, on McCray: "It's a short trip from
         grateful to greedy. ... By this summer, her perspective had
         changed.  She wanted three times more money, the right of
         first refusal on league endorsement deals and enough
         exposure to make her face as familiar as Michael Jordan's.
         ... [S]weet and appreciative Nikki turned into the
         reincarnation of Alonzo Mourning" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 9/18).

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              MLB owners, "barring a sudden compromise," will leave
         Atlanta today "without a realignment plan, a process which
         may drag out for another month or two," according to I.J.
         Rosenberg of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.  After two days of
         meetings, "the owners realize that their leadership has not
         done enough homework.  There are too many plans, too many
         questions and too many problems" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
         9/18).  In DC, Mark Maske reports that the realignment
         debate "seems to grow more contentious and problematic by
         the day."  Acting Commissioner Bud Selig: "Do I think there
         will be a vote (Thursday)?  If I had to answer right now,
         I'd say the answer would be no" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/18).  
              WHERE THEY'RE AT: USA TODAY's Hal Bodley reports the
         realignment committee has "proposed a compromise plan that
         circumvents an opposition group" of NL owners.  The new
         format, with seven teams changing leagues, "appears to have
         the best chance of being approved" (USA TODAY, 9/18).  In
         Chicago, Jerome Holtzman reports that owners "have dumped"
         the radical plan and "have downsized" to relocating seven or
         nine teams.  One owner who requested anonymity: "Bud Selig
         is no longer trying for a bases-loaded home run.  He's now
         trying for a double" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/18).  ESPN's Peter
         Gammons: "One owner said to me when they leave here tomorrow
         morning, he's afraid there's going to be absolute gridlock."
         More Gammons: "The problem is, all these deals that Bud has
         made over the years have come back to roost ... it's almost
         as if the game is owned and operated by thirty Jesse Helms.'
         ... My guess is ... they're talking about either two or
         three weeks up to 45 days ... that'll set back a lot of
         ticket sales, they may end up losing some of the revenues
         they gain by having more games in their time zone"
         ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/17).
              GIANT OPPOSITION: Giants Managing General Partner Peter
         Magowan, who is opposed to realignment, has "expressed his
         views early and often, even before he had an opportunity to
         register his objections with his fellow owners," according
         to Murray Chass of the N.Y. TIMES.  He "won no friends among
         the realignment strategists."  Chass adds that some owners
         are "upset with Magowan because they say he is creating a
         non-issue" in opposing the A's move to the NL West.  One
         owner: "They're not going to stay in Oakland.  They're going
         to be gone" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/18).  Magowan added yesterday
         that the MLBPA should be included in the debate: "We
         shouldn't be doing things the players want no part of. 
         That's one of the lessons we should have learned from the
         strike" (Ross Newhan, L.A. TIMES, 9/18).  In Phoenix, Pedro
         Gomez writes that D'Backs Managing General Partner Jerry
         Colangelo "is being viewed as the villain during these
         owners meetings" for refusing to move to the AL.  Gomez: "A
         few owners ... quietly spoke of Colangelo with contempt"
         (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/18).  Colangelo was reportedly asked in
         meetings yesterday to move to the AL, but one ownership
         source told Jerome Holtzman: "All he said was, 'I want to
         stay in the National League'" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/18).
              NOTES: MLB President & COO Paul Beeston was profiled by
         Paul Crane on CNNfn's "Sports inc."  Beeston: "I'm a Bud
         Selig man. I think he's done a lot" ("Sports Inc.," CNNfn,
         9/17)......An arbitrator is expected to rule after the World
         Series if MLB umpires must carry stopwatches to time breaks
         between innings to give proper time for TV commercials.  The
         umps have refused, "saying they were not required to hold up
         games for the benefit of TV."  MLB filed a grievance that
         went to a hearing in August (USA TODAY, 9/18).

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              The NFL has the "most dedicated TV audience of any U.S.
         pro league, but fans aren't packing stadiums to see games,"
         according to SI's "Scorecard," which notes the number of
         blackouts through the first three weeks of the season.
         Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen: "There are lots of reasons you can
         identify.  I think the least reasonable reason is that the
         game is not as popular."  Bowlen also noted the season's
         early start and said that "turnout will pick up in the weeks
         ahead."  SI: "Others in the NFL say the high rate of
         blackouts is merely coincidence, that some of the softer
         markets just happened to be hosting games at the same time. 
         But it's also possible that rising ticket costs, a dearth of
         must-see visiting teams ... and rosters constantly
         reshuffled ... have dampened fans' loyalty."  Also mentioned
         is the rise of NFL's Sunday Ticket, which is in 400,000
         homes, and is "cheaper" and guarantees access to every
         game."  SI adds that the NFL "may also be slow in catering
         to its stadium-going fans."  Sales consultant Bob Leffler,
         who represents three NFL teams: "In many cities, the clubs
         have to market the product better" (SI, 9/22).

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