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ABL EYES SECRET AGENT MEN; RIDING THE TRAIN WITH K.C. JONES

          The ABL has learned that "some of its players are
     paying too much for representation -- as much as 10% of
     their contracts," according to USA TODAY's Valerie Lister. 
     By comparison, the "highest percentage" allowed by the NBPA
     is 4%.  ABL CEO Gary Cavalli said the league will produce a
     document "that is kind of a guide to selecting an agent." 
     Cavalli: "We've tried to suggest in the document that the
     percentage be 3 to 7 but definitely not in the 10-to-20
     range."  The guides will be distributed during the ABL's
     All-Star weekend in January, along with an informational
     panel during a players' breakfast (USA TODAY, 12/9).
          THAT NOTION JUST CROSSED MY MIND: In Hartford, Bruce
     Berlet writes that a week on the road with the ABL Blizzard
     "confirms the suspicion: The rest of the league isn't like
     Hartford.  Smaller arenas.  Smaller crowds.  Less promotion. 
     Less media coverage.  But there are two constants: suspect
     officiating and the appeal of Blizzard coach K.C. Jones. 
     League and Blizzard officials made a brilliant moving hiring
     [Jones]. ... Newspapers and TV trumpeted his arrival in
     Denver, Portland, Seattle and San Jose" (COURANT, 12/9).

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