SBD/22/Leagues Governing Bodies

NBA LEAGUE MEETINGS, PART II: STERN ON MEN BEHAVING BADLY

          NBA Commissioner David Stern, on finding ways to
     address conduct-related problems among NBA personnel: "There
     is nothing special we are going to do.  We are going to
     continue our programs that we have in place and continue 
     our dialogue with the [NBPA] as to what standards of conduct
     are reasonable."  Noting the recent legal troubles of Marv
     Albert and Hornets Owner George Shinn, Stern added, "We're
     not about any kind of witch hunt.  But illegal actions or
     criminal actions which result in convictions are things we
     have to be ready to deal with for all people, not just
     players.  We're prepared to deal with all of it" (Eddie
     Sefko, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/20).  More Stern: "This involves
     a very, very, very small percentage of our players, and on
     one hand concerns us greatly.  But on the other hand, causes
     us to make sure we don't contribute to the stereotyping that
     historically has gone on" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 9/21).  In
     Boston, Peter May: "It was refreshing to hear Stern confront
     the issue of moral turpitude and not limit it to players." 
     May also noted that NBA GMs "were presented with a rough
     draft proposal about the CBA becoming more of a development/
     farm league for the NBA" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/21).
          NOTES: Stern said TV revenue will be limited to network
     and cable deals, with no plans to offer games on pay-per-
     view (SACRAMENTO BEE, 9/21)....In Ft. Lauderdale, Ira
     Winderman wrote the league put together a presentation of
     "questionable music that included a tape of" the Rocky
     theme, "Gonna Fly Now," aired during the Heat-Knicks playoff
     "brawl."  The Heat "was chastised for the musical selection
     and possible incendiary ramifications" (SUN-SENTINEL,
     9/20)....The Competition Committee discussed rule changes
     for this season, including moving the three-point line back
     to 23 feet, 9 inches (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 9/22). 

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