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  • BOSTON GLOBE'S DUPONT OFFERS BLEAK PROSPECTUS ON NHL

              The state of the NHL is examined by Kevin Paul DuPont
         of the BOSTON GLOBE in his "On Hockey" column.  DuPont:
         "Isn't this what we wanted all along, hockey imitating the
         rest of the world, everybody talking money, really obscene
         money, players sitting out all over the place because their
         piece of the apple pie isn't oozing with more millions than
         they can spend in a lifetime?  Well, it's here, folks, and
         it's only getting worse.  By the hour."   DuPont chronicles
         Paul Kariya's holdout from the Mighty Ducks, the offseason
         contract for the Avalanches' Joe Sakic and the impending
         free agency for some of the game's top players.  DuPont:
         "Ultimately, there is only one measure of the market, and
         that's if the fans continue to pay the ticket prices that
         support these salaries" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/30).
              IN THE HUB: Using the Bruins as an example, DuPont
         notes that through four games, the team has averaged 13,635
         at the FleetCenter, a "shortfall" of capacity by 20%.  But
         "more disturbing ... is the no-show factor in the lower
         bowl."  While Boston "has had among the most fertile fan
         bases in the NHL ... those days are gone, and those empty
         seats tell us they're gone for good.  There is no chance of
         ticket prices falling.  None.  Not here.  Not anywhere.  Not
         when the likes of Kariya can't be satisfied with $7 million. 
         Not when it will take $10 million or better to bring in
         [Eric] Lindros next time.  The players fault?  Management's
         fault?  The blame game is pointless.  It's reality that
         counts, and empty seats equal reality.  When Boston is
         working with a 20 percent vacancy factor, that should send a
         clear, undeniable message to everyone in the equation --
         management, agents, and [NHLPA] -- that the guy on the
         street just can't pay it anymore" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/30).
    
    

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  • DO NEW NBA REFS JUST WANT TO BE ONE OF THE GUYS?

              Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, the NBA's newly named
         women officials, met the press yesterday and discussed their
         appointment as the "first two women referees hired to
         officiate in a major American professional sports league,"
         according to Greg Logan of NEWSDAY.  Logan: "But what people
         really want to know is how they will handle questions of
         sexual harassment in the workplace.  Specifically, what
         happens when an NBA player pats one of them on the butt
         during a game?"  Kantner: "If it's in the context of an
         athlete patting you on the butt, this is not something we
         would misinterpret.  If the actions are condescending, I
         think Violet and I will handle that and disseminate it." 
         Logan: "Both women indicated their surprise at the attention
         their hiring has received, but the NBA has minimized the
         possibility of a circus atmosphere."  Yesterday's interview
         was the only one the two will give all season (NEWSDAY,
         10/30).  Kantner called reports of sexism and criticism by
         current players "sensationalism" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/30).
              MORE TROUBLE? In L.A., Mark Heisler wrote that "as
         many" as 15 NBA referees "are said to be at risk" in the
         IRS' continuing investigation of officials.  NBA Deputy
         Commissioner Russ Granik: "We don't know.  I am told other
         indictments are possible."  Heisler added that "many" refs
         "are waiting uneasily."  One veteran official said he has
         "spent more than $50,000 in legal fees" (L.A. TIMES, 10/29).
              EASY DAVE, NO, THE OTHER ONE: On the "Late Show," David
         Letterman offered his Top Ten Complaints Of The New Female
         NBA referees:  10) Have to share the ladies' room with
         Dennis Rodman; 9)  The new referee uniforms look
         conspicuously like Hooters outfits;  8)  Always go home
         smelling like Ben-Gay; 7)  Players so obsessed with sports
         that they never want to just talk;  6)  That "Lil' Penny"
         guy always trying to look up your skirt;  5)  Keep getting
         faint and nauseous from Michael Jordan's cologne; 4) 
         Players keep asking if they can watch you inflate the ball;
         3)  Whenever you call a foul, they try to get out of it by
         saying your hair looks pretty; 2)  Husbands who keep beating
         the 24 second clock; 1)  Them dudes is sweaty (CBS, 10/29).
              CHUCKIE'S BACK: Charles Barkley is quoted in today's
         HOUSTON CHRONICLE as saying that he is "leaning toward
         retirement" after fallout from Sunday's arrest in Orlando,
         FL.  Barkley: "If the league is not going to stand by me,
         then I'll say, 'Thank you very much,' and move on."  Barkley
         said that the league wants to interview him to "begin its
         investigation of the matter" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/30).
         
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              MLB: MLB playoff money distribution was examined by
         Larry Lebowitz of the Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL.  MLB
         players receive 60% of the net receipts for Games One
         through Four of LCS and World Series, and 80% of the first
         three Division Series games.  Therefore, MLB owners, the
         commissioner's office and the league "profit more when the
         postseason series stretch out."  Of MLB's $2,806,700 in net
         receipts announced from the Indians-Marlins Game Seven, the
         commissioner's office received $421,005, while the AL & NL
         offices and both clubs each got $596,424.  For the seven
         game World Series, the player pool received "more than"
         $6.2M of the $18.39M in net receipts.  The commissioner's
         office received $2.75M, while the league offices and the
         teams got $2.35M apiece (SUN-SENTINEL, 10/28).
              SOCCER: Last night at Indiana Univ., 9,776 attended the
         Dallas Burn-D.C. United U.S. Open Cup Final (U.S. Soccer).
    
    

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