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NBA LEAGUE MEETINGS, PART II: STERN ON MEN BEHAVING BADLY
Published September 22, 1997
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).