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FOX SPORTS NEWS REPORTS STERN IN TALKS WITH COCHRAN
Published December 18, 1997
NBA Commissioner David Stern "has met several times this week" with Latrell Sprewell's attorney Johnnie Cochran, according to John Walls of "Fox Sports News." Walls added that Stern "hopes to find a solution to the Sprewell matter, thus avoiding arbitration and what he fears will be an unfavorable decision for the NBA" ("FSN," 12/17). SNAP, CRACKLE, POP: In S.F., David Steele writes the NBA "snapped, lost patience, acted rashly, crossed the line without seriously considering the consequences" in its Sprewell suspension. Steele calls for a settlement in the matter, because in the upcoming arbitration, "everyone's dirty laundry will be on display" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/18). WRITE, JESSE, WRITE: Jesse Jackson writes the "Point After" in the current SI: "There are many issues involving race and sports worth getting excited about. ... But for all the hype surrounding Latrell Sprewell, the incident between him and his coach most assuredly does not belong in this group." Jackson said that the issue won't lead him to picket or rally or march in support of Sprewell. Jackson: "If the Sprewell episode has a larger implication, it is found in a sports-entertainment industry that tells athletes at a very young age that they may play by a different set of rules than their fellow students, that coddles them and spoils them and that showers them with rewards out of all proportion to their contributions to society" (SI, 12/22). MORE GOOD NEWS: USA TODAY's David DuPree writes the NBA "has seen its attendance take an early-season tumble," down 2.5% from last season to 16,648 a game. DuPree noted while attendance "usually picks up after New Year's," if the numbers hold, "it will be the second season in a row that attendance has fallen after an increase in each of the previous five seasons" (USA TODAY, 12/18).