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              Maple Leafs President Ken Dryden "is determined to see
         fighting abolished" in the NHL, according to Marty York of
         the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Dryden: "I intend to start
         lobbying for it formally. ... As far as I'm concerned, the
         NHL should not be treating fighting as though it is part of
         the game.  In my view, if an NHL player fights, he should be
         ejected, plain and simple, just as players in baseball or
         basketball are."  Dryden said that he has "expressed his
         opinion to the NHL informally" at a recent meeting.  Dryden:
         "There was a real difference of opinion in that room. ...
         Essentially, we've been programmed to consider constant
         fighting in hockey as if there isn't a choice, as if there
         is an inevitability to it" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/27).
              CHEERS FOR DISNEY: NHL Oilers President Glen Sather, on
         Disney's handling of Paul Kariya's holdout: "We're all
         watching it with a lot of interest.  And I'm 100 percent
         behind the way [Walt Disney Chair Michael] Eisner and Disney
         are handling this.  This is the function of the collective
         bargaining agreement.  This is what we had all those
         negotiations and a lockout about" (EDMONTON SUN, 11/29).

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              In the dispute on the WTA Tour's player association
         board, a N.Y. Supreme Court judge has "issued a temporary
         restraining order," leaving the dismissal of former WTAPA
         Exec Dir Sara Fornaciari "intact but prohibiting the WTAPA
         board from taking further action."  The two sides have held
         a "private meeting," and one source close to WTA management
         said, "They're making progress.  The issue is going to go
         away in the next week or so" (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL,
         11/27)....The NBA's drug policy was examined by Lynn Zinser
         of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS.  She called it "feeble front
         to back" with "no provisions for random testing, few
         provisions for testing anyone besides rookies and ...
         nothing to say about marijuana."  She also criticized NBPA
         Exec Dir Billy Hunter for his "whining" after NBA
         Commissioner David Stern stated his wish to strengthen the
         policy.  Zinser added that Hunter's "botched reaction to
         this is ... frightening" and said that with his moves, he
         has "stranded Stern on the high road" (DAILY NEWS,
         11/28)....In noting the NHL's deals with CTV and Labatt
         Brewery, Tim Panaccio of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER wrote
         that "whether you agree with some of [NHL Commissioner Gary]
         Bettman's moves ... you have to give him credit for taking
         risks.  So far, hockey has benefitted from Bettman's bold
         moves. ... Bettman has been aggressive in carrying out new
         identities for the NHL worldwide.  In doing so, Bettman
         hasn't shown favoritism.  Molson and TSN are still smarting
         over these deals" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/30).

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              The NFL has asked the St. Louis Convention and Visitors
         Commission (CVC) to pay $527,474 as the league's cost of
         defending itself against the CVC's antitrust suit, according
         to Tim Bryant of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  As the winner
         in the suit, the league is "entitled to recover its costs of
         defending the case."  The bill does not include attorneys
         fees.  Among the expenses was $228,000 paid to MA-based
         consultant Franklin Fisher, who billed himself at $800-an-
         hour, and "outlined the NFL's defense" against the CVC. The
         league is asking the CVC to pay for computer rentals,
         copying expenses and issuing subpoenas and court summonses. 
         The CVC "may dispute" the figures (POST-DISPATCH, 11/27).
              L.A. STORY: Columnist Randy Harvey called on City
         Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas to give up his bid to bring
         the NFL back to the Coliseum and instead "support the Dodger
         Stadium area."  Harvey said the Coliseum plan included "too
         many obstacles" and "most discouraging is that NFL officials
         have little enthusiasm for" the site (L.A. TIMES, 11/26).
              NOTES: The NFL's female fan-base was examined by David
         Adams of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL.  While "still dominated
         by men," females represent 43% of the NFL's fan base now --
         up from 33% in '90 (BEACON JOURNAL, 11/28)....Cowboys Owner
         Jerry Jones said the league is looking at "upwards" of a
         $10M increase in its '98 salary cap, boosted by a new TV
         deal.  The '97 cap is $41.45M (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/27).

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