SBD/1/Leagues Governing Bodies


          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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