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NBA ALL-STAR TIX LIMITED; HIGH SCHOOL STAR EYEING WNBA?

          NBA fans "will not be able to purchase a ticket for
     either" the NBA All-Star Game or All-Star Saturday at MSG
     this February, according to Bob Raissman of the N.Y. DAILY
     NEWS, who examines the "lack of ticket availability" around
     the event.  NBA VP/Communications Brian McIntyre: "Would we
     like to open it up to everybody?  Yeah.  But there isn't a
     building in the world that can accommodate the (ticket)
     requests we have.  The demand for tickets this year is
     outrageous."  Raissman reports that "roughly" 5,500 to 6,000 
     of the 19,763 seats available at MSG were part of a lottery
     for Knicks season-ticket holders (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/9).
          MISSING OUT ON THE FUN: In SI, Jackie MacMullan reports
     that the league's move to replace the Slam Dunk competition
     with the 2ball shooting contest during the All-Star Weekend
     was "made without checking with" the NBPA.  The move to
     2ball, which includes an NBA and WNBA player from the same
     city, "didn't sit well with some of the players who do not
     have WNBA franchises in their cities and were therefore
     automatically disqualified from participating" (SI, 1/12).
          IT'S SOUTH PARK: ESPN's "SportsCenter" listed
     attendance at four Wednesday night NBA games.  In L.A., the
     Clippers game drew 4,107 (at 26% cap.); in Oakland, the
     Warriors drew 11,023 (57% cap.); in Toronto, the Raptors
     drew 15,168 (75% cap); and in San Antonio, the Spurs drew
     15,200 (74% cap.).  ESPN's Gary Miller: "For the sixth time
     in 16 home dates, the [Clippers] crowd was less than 6,000
     ... They are drawing extremely poorly" (ESPN, 1/8).
          ELIGIBILITY CHALLENGE? In N.Y., Garcia & Ackert report
     that the family of Riverdale High School women's basketball
     star Niesha Butler, 17, "is seriously considering
     challenging the criteria for eligibility" to the WNBA.  WNBA
     rules state a player must be at least 22-years-old; or have
     completed college eligibility; or graduated from a four-year
     college; or played two seasons in another league.  Butler's
     mother, Alice Johnson: "We are not trying to upset the WNBA. 
     But, if it were to be challenged it would be a good case,
     because of the double standard between males and females. It
     warrants looking at."  The WNBA had no comment.  Butler is
     reportedly "less interested" in the ABL (DAILY NEWS, 1/9). 

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