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Published November 24, 1997
NFL: In N.Y., Mike Freeman reported that Giants GM George Young "is expected" to take a high-ranking NFL front office job for next season. The position will be similar to a VP or Deputy Commissioner (N.Y. TIMES, 11/23)....NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "apparently is getting nowhere in his efforts to get owners and players" to extend the CBA to seven or eight years "and use it to get more money" from TV (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/23). GENERAL: Univ. of TN junior Chamique Holdsclaw, the "greatest player in women's college basketball," was profiled by Jere Longman of the N.Y. TIMES. Although both the WNBA and ABL have criteria against drafting college players, ABL CEO Gary Cavalli said it would be "hard to speculate how one would react" if Holdsclaw left school early. Cavalli: "At the point Chamique made her decision, we would re-evaluate" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/23)....NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter said it would challenge the fine and three-game suspension imposed by the NBA on Blazers G Isaiah Rider for allegedly spitting on a fan while in Detroit. Hunter claimed Rider was provoked by a drunken fan who "threatened" Rider and his family. Hunter: "While no one condones spitting, the League must behave responsibly by fully investigating the circumstances, rather than acting first and asking questions later" (NBPA).