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  • DINNER AT THE PALM? NFL OWNERS MEET IN NATION'S CAPITAL

              NFL owners meet in Washington, DC, today and Wednesday
         for their fall meetings.  USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes writes
         that among the issues being discussed will be the St. Louis
         Convention and Visitors Commission's (CVC) $130M antitrust
         suit against the league.  Although the Rams "are not a
         coplaintiff in the suit," they are entitled to $14M of any
         settlement or 50% of any damages awarded.  NFL
         VP/Communications Joe Browne: "A large number of owners are
         upset at the notion that the Rams may benefit even more than
         they already have from their move to St. Louis."  49ers
         President Carmen Policy: "We feel betrayed and embarrassed. 
         We're the ones who voted to permit the move" (USA TODAY,
         10/14).  In St. Louis, Bill McClellan wrote on the first
         week of the trial: "The first quarter score is in, and the
         NFL is ahead.  Maybe way ahead" (POST-DISPATCH, 10/13). 
              TV TALK: Broncos Owner and NFL Broadcasting Committee
         Chair Pat Bowlen is interviewed by Richard Sandomir of the
         N.Y. TIMES on the NFL's next TV deal.  Bowlen: "The ratings
         don't matter.  I really think they don't impact us at all." 
         Bowlen added that Fox must pay "more than a token increase"
         above its $395M-a-year NFC package and hinted that Fox may
         want more than the NFC package: "They'd like to add, take
         your pick, cable or another broadcast package.  They could
         take a swipe at the whole thing on Sunday afternoon.  I
         don't know if that's in our best interest, but there's been
         conversation about it" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/14).  Cowboys Owner
         Jerry Jones is interviewed by USA TODAY's Larry Weisman.  On
         the next TV package, Jones said, "I'm limited in what I can
         say. ... I know it's going to be substantial" (USA TODAY,
         10/14).  In N.Y., Mike Freeman noted that some agents feel
         the league's next TV deal will lead to a "doubling" of the
         salary cap, bringing it to $70M from its current level of
         $41M in four to five years (N.Y. TIMES, 10/12).  The
         HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Stephen Battaglio wrote that "talk
         continues to circulate in sports TV circles about a CBS
         proposal for a new NFL package if it can't get an existing
         one.  One scenario has the network getting Saturday NFL
         games each December -- following the conclusion of the
         college football regular season -- two games on
         Thanksgiving, and occasional Thursday night games that now
         air on cable" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 10/13).
              DECADE: On Sunday, NBC's Will McDonough reported that
         NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and NFLPA Exec Dir Gene
         Upshaw "have been talking about extending the current" CBA,
         "possibly to the year 2007" ("NFL on NBC," 10/12).
    
    

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  • IS REALIGNMENT ALL BUT DEAD WITH ONLY ONE/TWO TEAMS TO MOVE?

              MLB owners "are leaning strongly toward settling for a
         scaled-down realignment plan" that would move the Brewers or
         Royals to the NL and shift the Tigers from the AL East to
         the AL Central for '98, according to sources of Mark Maske
         of the WASHINGTON POST.  The plan, which would also put the
         expansion D'Backs in the NL West and the Devil Rays in the
         AL East, could be voted on during a conference call set for
         Wednesday.  It "would leave the sport" with a 16-team NL and
         a 14-club AL.  Sources told Maske that the owners plan to
         postpone further realignment at least until after the '98
         season (WASHINGTON POST, 10/14).  But Royals GM Herk
         Robinson doubted the report: "We have said as a club that
         unless there are substantial changes, it would be in our
         best interest to stay where we are" (K.C. STAR, 10/14).
              GET ALONG, GO ALONG: MLB officials "are becoming
         increasingly irritated" with MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr's
         "repeated denunciation" of realignment.  MLB's Labor
         Relations Chair Randy Levine said that the union has been
         kept "apprised" of realignment plans: "Even though this is
         something we don't have to bargain with the union, we have
         kept them informed from Day One."  Levine also said that the
         owners "had the right" to terminate the DH without union
         approval (Bill Madden, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/14).  Fehr:
         "They're entitled to their opinion.  The fact is that the
         self-imposed deadline is near, and we have no new
         information" (Larry Whiteside, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/14).  Fehr
         said that geographical realignment could have a "negative
         effect" on players' earning potential.  Fehr: "Would Nike be
         interested in Ken Griffey if he played exclusively west of
         the Mississippi?" (Peter Schmuck, Baltimore SUN, 10/14). 
    
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              An ABL-record crowd of 12,683 attended Sunday's league
         opener of the Glory-Blizzard at the Hartford Civic Center
         (ABL)....In N.Y., Mike Wise writes that NBPA Exec Dir Billy
         Hunter has invited twenty of the "game's most prominent
         agents" to attend an agents advisory committee meeting on
         October 24 in New York to "discuss strategy" in the event
         that the NBA's CBA is reopened in April (N.Y. TIMES, 10/14).
    
    

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