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SBD/1/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published December 1, 1997
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).