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  • HUNTER FLOATS POSSIBLE COMPROMISE; BARKLEY BACKS OFF BOYCOTT

              NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter said that Warriors officials
         have told him that "some sort of olive branch might be
         extended or the door might be left ajar somewhat to give us
         the opportunity to work something out" regarding Latrell
         Sprewell's contract termination and one-year suspension,
         according to Chris Sheridan of the AP.  Hunter said he had
         not spoken to NBA Commissioner David Stern, and NBA
         VP/Communications Brian McIntyre said he hadn't "heard
         anything about it (a compromise)" (AP/DETROIT NEWS, 12/11).
              ROUNDABOUT: Charles Barkley appeared on CNN's
         "Crossfire" last night and did "an abrupt about-face" on his
         call for NBA players to boycott certain events, including
         the league's All-Star Game.  Barkley: "We're not going to
         boycott anything for Latrell Sprewell" (USA TODAY, 12/11). 
         On MSNBC's "The Big Show," Barkley said his comments about
         boycotting were "a little inaccurate."  Barkley: "That's
         directed toward the owners if they open up the [CBA]." 
         Barkley, on the race issue: "I was disappointed that they
         brought in Johnnie Cochran, because this is not a white and
         black thing, this is a stupid thing one of our players did,
         and us trying to defend him."  Barkley, on the state of the
         NBA: "[W]e as players and owners and coaches, we are just
         destroying the game" ("The Big Show," MSNBC, 12/10).
              BARKLEY BACKERS: Michael Jordan, on Barkley's boycott
         comments: "I always will support the players in whatever way
         I can" (Terry Armour, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/11).  In N.Y.,
         Seifman & Kernan write that players, including the Knicks'
         Chris Childs, "indicated yesterday they would back" any
         protest by Barkley (N.Y. POST, 12/11).
              SUPPORT FOR LEAGUE: A WALL STREET JOURNAL editorial
         supports the league's stance, stating NBA Commissioner David
         Stern "understands perfectly his role, which is protecting
         the value of his brand name" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/11).
              LATE-NIGHT LAUGHS: On last night's "Late Show," David
         Letterman said that Johnnie Cochran has "a defense lined up
         for Latrell.  He said, 'Latrell couldn't have possibly have
         strangled his coach because he was out playing golf at the
         time.'"  Letterman's No. 3 "Sign You've Hired A Bad
         Department Store Santa": "Was recently suspended from the
         NBA for choking his coach" ("Late Show," CBS, 12/10).  NBC's
         Jay Leno: "Latrell came off pretty good, he came off good. 
         What better way to look honest than standing next to Johnnie
         Cochran?" ("Tonight Show," NBC, 12/10).  
    
    

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  • USA TODAY REPORTS PGA TOUR VP CLARSON OFFERED WTA TOUR POST

              USA TODAY's Doug Smith reports that PGA Tour
         VP/Business Affairs Ric Clarson has been offered the job of
         WTA Tour CEO (USA TODAY, 12/11).  WTA Tour Dir of
         Communications Joe Favorito told THE DAILY this morning that
         the Tour is still involved in negotiations with a possible
         replacement to Anne Person-Worcester, but that no final
         decision has been made (THE DAILY).  
    
    

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  • WPVA TOUR AIMS TO SECURE NETWORK TIME ON ABC AND ESPN

              ESPN and ABC "could team up" with the WPVA and Leonard
         Armato's CA-based Management Plus to operate the tour,
         according to Mike Reynolds of CABLE WORLD.  Sources say the
         discussions also include the possibility of a fourth party
         becoming an equity holder.  Reynolds adds that the pending
         deal could take care of the "nearly" $1M the WPVA owes ABC
         for time buys during "its four broadcast windows" during the
         '97 season.  WPVA Exec Dir Dave Williams said that "the
         shortfall stemmed from the departure of tour sponsors Coors
         Light and Killer Loop."  Reynolds adds that a deal has been
         reached "in principle" that would let ABC televise four
         shows in '98, three of them live, while ESPN would air one-
         hour taped shows of the preceding week's championship match
         on Saturdays.  ESPN and Management Plus declined comment on
         the story (Mike Reynolds, CABLE WORLD, 12/8 issue).
    
    

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