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SBD/10/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published March 10, 1998
NBA: In N.Y., Ian O'Connor writes under the header, "Trouble Brewing In NBA: Face Lockout, No Jordan." He writes that the NBA "is about to suffer a crisis of charisma" and as NBA Exec Dir Billy Hunter has "established himself as a worthy opponent" to NBA Commissioner David Stern, the union is "more galvanized than ever." The "marriage of employer and employee, a partnership built on trust, grows more frayed by the hour" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/10)....UNC junior/ACC Player of the Year Antawn Jamison said that an NBA work stoppage would impact his decision to turn pro a year early: "I don't want to sit out while the college season is going on" (Mult., 3/10). NHL: In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont wrote that with NHL VP/Operations Brian Burke likely leaving his post this summer, "names being bandied about" to succeed him include Isles GM Mike Milbury and former Canadiens GM Serge Savard. Dupont floats former Bruins Coach Terry O'Reilly for the post (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/8)....On ESPN, Michael Wilbon decried "thuggery" in the NHL and noted the Ducks' Paul Kariya may miss the rest of the season due to a concussion from a hit by the Blackhawks' Gary Suter, who was suspended for four games, Wilbon said, "What good is any league if it won't protect its No. 1 asset, its best players? ... One would hope that the NHL powers that be, who've allowed this ugly environment to exist, will wake up and listen up before anyone else is so seriously and needlessly injured" ("The Sports Reporters," 3/8)....In N.Y., Dave Anderson writes on "Hockey's Concussion Concern" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/10).