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  • BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: NHL RETURN SEES GATE JUMP IN BUFFALO

              The NHL returned to action on Wednesday after a 17-day
         hiatus during its Olympic break.  Today, THE DAILY compares
         announced attendance at the 15 games played Wednesday and
         Thursday with the team's home average as of February 8, the
         beginning of the Olympic Break (THE DAILY):
    
            
    TEAM 2/25
    ATTEN.
    2/9
    AVE.
    % +/- TEAM 2/26
    ATTEN.
    2/9
    AVE.
    % +/-
    MON
    21,173
    20,673
    + 2%
    CHI
    18,226
    17,709
    + 3%
    DET
    19,983
    19,983
    0%
    SJS
    17,483
    17,045
    + 2%
    BUF
    18,595
    14,923
    + 25%
    COL
    16,061
    16,061
    0%
    VAN
    18,422
    17,221
    + 7%
    TOR
    15,726
    15,703
    0%
    PHO
    16,210
    15,096
    + 7%
    BOS
    15,584
    14,638
    + 6%
    EDM
    16,142
    16,054
    + .5%
    TAM
    12,163
    13,687
    - 1%
    FLA
    14,703
    14,703
    0%
    WAS
    12,137
    15,490
    - 22%
    NYI
    10,753
    12,416
    - 13%

    AN OBSERVATION: In N.Y., the OBSERVER's Nick Paumgarten, a self-described hockey purist, comments on the marketing of the league by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "Fortunately, for all Mr. Bettman's strenuous efforts to turn hockey into a hot commodity, the game remains a marginal form of entertainment, like cockfights or poetry." Paumgarten says that since Bettman started in '93, "he has subjected the game to marketing experiments and revenue enhancements that have managed to drive the purists bonkers without really increasing the game's profile -- third jerseys, pucks that glow on TV, dancing robots" (Nick Paumgarten, N.Y. OBSERVER, 3/2 issue).

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  • COME FLY WITH ME: NBA TEAMS UP TO PROVIDE CHARTERED FLIGHTS

              While ten NBA teams own their own planes, the NBA
         chartered five customized, 56-seat 727s from Northwest
         Airlines for "the exclusive use of seven basketball teams"
         and the NHL's Avalanche, according to Susan Carey of the
         WALL STREET JOURNAL.  The NBA teams sharing the five planes
         are the Pacers, Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, Spurs, Warriors
         and Nuggets.  Carey writes that the charter deal came about
         after General Electric, which owns NBC, leased some 727s to
         Northwest, and the airline "didn't want to extend the leases
         when they expired."  Some NBC sportscasters "began hearing
         about" NBA teams' transportation "woes," and GE's aircraft
         unit financed the refurbishing to the league's
         specifications.  The NBA leases the planes from GE, and has
         a seven-year agreement with Northwest to operate the planes. 
         Bill Wernecke, Charter Manager for Northwest, which also
         carries eight NFL teams, said that the NBA "expects other
         teams to sign up in coming seasons," as four other 727s are
         available to expand if needed (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/27).
         
    

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  • ESPN'S ALDRIDGE REPORTS NBA "WILLING TO OPEN ITS BOOKS"

              The "latest meeting" between the NBA and the NBPA was
         held Tuesday between NBA Commissioner David Stern and NBPA
         Exec Dir Billy Hunter, according to ESPN's David Aldridge. 
         Aldridge: "No breakthrough was achieved nor should have been
         expected, but the league did tell the union that it would be
         willing to open its books, something the NBA has been loathe
         to do in years past, to prove to the union that teams'
         profit margins have dropped dramatically or disappeared
         altogether over the past two years" ("SportsCenter," 2/26).
              NBA NOTES: THE SPORTING NEWS' cover story examines the
         events around the NBA's trading deadline under the header,
         "What's The Deal? Inside A Week Of Trades, Tantrums And
         Turmoil."  David Moore writes, "A league under siege took a
         few more hits this past week."  Noting players' moves to
         influence where and when they are traded, Moore asks, "Have
         the owners handed control of the sport over to their
         employees, setting the state for labor Armageddon to unfold
         in five short months?  The answer is unknown.  What is known
         is that every time commissioner David Stern turns around, he
         bumps into another problem that rips at the fabric of the
         sport's success" (TSN, 3/2 issue).  In Chicago, Lacy Banks
         writes that while Michael Jordan is the "league's most
         pervasive positive" it is "unfair for Jerry Reinsdorf and
         his partners to be saddled with paying Jordan by themselves
         when he is making so much money for everybody."  Banks:
         "Jordan is spreading the wealth around the league unlike any
         other player ever has done.  It would only be right if the
         league would spread around the responsibility of helping the
         Bulls pay his salary" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/27).
    
    

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  • GEARS AND ROAMING IN LAS VEGAS: NASCAR HITS THE STRIP

              NASCAR's Las Vegas debut for the Las Vegas 400 on
         Sunday is the subject of USA TODAY's sports cover story by
         Steve Ballard.  The Winston Cup race, held Sunday and
         televised by ABC, will run at the $200M Las Vegas
         Motorspeedway, which has a 2.5-mile road course, drag strip,
         dirt oval, research and development facilities and racing
         schools.  The facility has 107,000 seats, which sold out in
         one day for the event at prices of $50 to $110.  The Las
         Vegas Convention & Visitors Auth. also paid over $1M for
         title sponsorship of this weekend's race.  NASCAR Dir of
         Communications John Griffin: "We're in the entertainment
         capital of the world and being embraced with arms wide open"
         (USA TODAY, 2/27).  The Speedway has 102 suites that lease
         for $60,000 annually (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/27).  
              SPLIT LEAGUES? In Las Vegas, Ron Kantowski wrote on the
         state of NASCAR and added that the "best way" to grow the
         sport "is to split into east and west divisions with
         separate drivers, teams, speedways and schedules."  By
         forming two leagues, NASCAR "could move into new markets and
         provide their new tracks with the races they covet.  At the
         same time, it would enable the smaller tracks in the
         Southeast to keep their dates and preclude them from turning
         into flea markets" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 2/26).
              RAW NUMBERS: AUTOWEEK notes that attendance at NASCAR
         Winston Cup races has "nearly tripled" since '87.  In '87,
         the series drew 2,213,000 fans; in '97 it drew 6,091,356, an
         increase of 175.2% (AUTOWEEK, 3/2 issue).
    
    

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  • PEACE IN OUR TIME? NFL/NFLPA REACH TENTATIVE LABOR DEAL

              The NFL and NFLPA reached an agreement in principal on
         terms for a five-year extension of the current CBA through
         the 2002 season.  The tentative deal would include an
         uncapped season -- or an additional capped season at the
         mutual option of the two sides -- in 2003 (NFL).
              DETAILS: In DC, Leonard Shapiro reports that "most of
         the principals in the original CBA agreed to in 1993 remain
         in place," including free agency after four years,
         guaranteed signing bonuses which can be pro-rated over the
         length of a deal and the franchise player designation.  The
         rookie salary pool is increased, as are minimum salaries for
         fifth-year veterans.  The two sides also agreed that if a
         "vested player (one with four years' experience) makes a
         team's active roster for the start of the season, he will be
         guaranteed" a full season's salary.  The team can deny
         payment if it shows the player did not put forth sufficient
         effort.  A player "would be warned in writing by his coach
         if that did occur, and any dispute would be settled in
         arbitration."  The players also agreed to "consider"
         contributing some of the designated gross revenues they
         receive to a stadium fund.  Players will earn 63% of teams'
         designated gross revenues through 2002, and 64% if 2003 is
         uncapped (WASHINGTON POST, 2/27).  A one-year guaranteed
         deal would affect a "small number of players" and differs
         from the current system where players with five-plus years
         who make the active roster get only half of their salary if
         they are cut.  The agreement also includes increased
         benefits for the players, including a 401(k) plan and
         pension funds.  Benefits increase from $150M to "almost"
         $500M over the life of the deal.  Also, the NFL and NFLPA
         will donate $100M to a fund for the "further development of
         youth football programs" (Mike Freeman, N.Y. TIMES, 2/27). 
              TOUGH SELL? The deal must be ratified by 23 of the
         league's 30 owners and a simple majority of the players.  In
         N.Y., Mike Freeman writes that the deal could still "fall
         apart."  NFL Exec VP/Labor Relations Harold Henderson said
         the agreement is "certainly not a slam dunk" to be approved. 
         Henderson: "There are some people who won't like some
         aspects of this" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/27).  In Boston, Ron Borges
         writes the deal "moves the players one step closer to
         football domination."  Patriots Owner Bob Kraft: "It's a
         better deal for the players than the owners. ... I'll vote
         for it because it assures us labor peace for five years, but
         it's an awesome deal for them."  NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw:
         "There are things in here both sides will say, 'How could
         you ever agree to that?'  But we felt it would be best to
         guarantee labor peace and put our contract and the [recent
         TV deal] on the same track" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/27).
    
    

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