SBD/2/Leagues Governing Bodies

SPREWELL HEARING SWITCHES COASTS, RESUMES TODAY IN NEW YORK

          TNT's Craig Sager reported from Portland, OR, that
     Latrell Sprewell's agent Arn Tellem gave "the most dramatic"
     and "most significant testimony to date," telling arbitrator
     John Feerick on Friday that Sprewell's punishment "is not
     consistent with previous discipline."  Tellem cited an
     incident in the fall of '90, when then-Hornets VP/Basketball
     Operations Allan Bristow reportedly choked Tellem during
     negotiations for Kendall Gill.  Sager: "After Bristow
     apologized, and agreed to pay any medical expenses for
     Tellem's sore neck, the only action by the league against
     Bristow was a verbal reprimand" ("NBA on TNT," 1/30).
          START SPREADING THE NEWS: Sprewell's hearing resumes
     today in New York.  Over the next four days, Warriors coach
     P.J. Carlesimo, GM Garry St. Jean, NBA Commissioner David
     Stern, deputy commissioner Russ Granik, and Dir of Security
     Horace Balmer "are expected" to testify (David DuPree, USA
     TODAY, 2/2)....With "almost every" story on the Sprewell
     hearing containing a reference to Fordham Univ. Law School
     Dean John Feerick, the school has received "at least" $9M in
     free advertising, according to MI-based Joyce Julius &
     Associates, which tracks such exposure (USA TODAY, 2/2).

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