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              The state of soccer in the U.S. was examined by Marissa
         Silvera of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS.  U.S. Soccer
         Federation President Alan Rothenberg "hopes the public can
         show some patience" before judging the viability of the pro
         game in the U.S.: "I don't expect the public to give us 40
         years, but give us at least 10 years."  He alluded to the
         U.S. team's first win over Brazil in the Gold Cup semifinals
         last month and said, "In many ways, this year has already
         been a success for U.S. Soccer.  The only way that it's not
         successful is if we are embarrassed in Paris or something
         horrible happens in the MLS" (EXPRESS-NEWS, 3/1).
              NUVEEN TOUR SANS CONNORS? The prospects of the Nuveen
         Tour without founding member Jimmy Connors was examined by
         Meri-Jo Borzilleri of the MIAMI HERALD.  Connors said
         recently that he may have lost some desire to continue
         playing.  Tour co-Founder Ray Benton said without Connors,
         "the tour might put more emphasis on its international
         market."  Benton has had discussions with Boris Becker,
         Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander about joining when they turn
         35.  Citibank, which is an event sponsor, said it will
         continue backing the Tour.  Citibank President & CEO Frits
         Seegers: "We believe big-time in the concept.  And the
         concept is bigger than one player" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/1).

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              The NBA's rookie wage scale was examined by Bryan
         Burwell on "Inside the NBA."  He said the system "that
         management and even some star players wanted so desperately
         three years ago ... no longer looks like such a great idea." 
         Burwell: "Yet in reality, is it the system that's causing so
         many problems or just this particularly poor 1995 draft
         class?"  The first ten picks of the '95 draft have produced
         only one All-Star, the worst ratio of any draft from '92-95. 
         Burwell: "But as one general manager told me, 'If you leave
         this one alone it might just correct itself.'  Yet just
         about everyone else -- players, agents and management --
         believes they won't leave well enough alone, and the rookie
         contract system will be one of the major battlegrounds in
         this summer's labor wars" ("Inside the NBA," TNT, 2/27).
              NOTES: FAME's David Falk, on possible NBA action toward
         players who refuse to accept trade assignments: "I don't
         know what else they can do.  If a guy says, 'If I had to
         play somewhere I'd retire instead,' and he's sincere about
         it and willing to follow through, I don't know what you can
         legislate to force him to do that.  You can't have specific
         enforcement of a personal services contract.  A guy doesn't
         have to play" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/28)....Pacers Coach Larry
         Bird answered questions for an MTV crew Thursday.  Afterward
         he said, "I don't like MTV.  Our league is going MTV and
         that's what's wrong with it" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 3/1).

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              Bruins President Harry Sinden "thinks the NHL should
         get a commitment from the Olympics and NBC to show the big
         hockey games -- US-Canada; Canada-Russia; US-Russia -- in
         prime time without interruption before guaranteeing NHL
         players would play in Salt Lake City four years from now"
         (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 2/28).  Fox's Dave Maloney,
         on the NHL's Olympic participation: "This was a wonderfully
         contested tournament, games were close, there were
         spectacular stories.  Let's move on, folks.  Do it again." 
         In a Fox/TMG poll conducted last week, 64% said NHL players
         should participate in the 2002 Winter Games, 19% were
         opposed and 17% were undecided ("Fox NHL Saturday," 2/28).
              WHAT ABOUT BOB? In N.Y., Larry Brooks wrote that while
         NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "has been crystal clear in
         addressing the issue" of the NHL's investigation into Team
         USA's vandalism at the Olympic Village, NHLPA Exec Dir Bob
         Goodenow "has been conspicuously silent."  Brooks questioned
         why Goodenow hasn't issued a statement "urging the guilty to
         cooperate and come forward."  Brooks: "We don't understand a
         Players' Association that from appearances seems more
         concerned with protecting the rights of the minority than of
         the majority" (Larry Brooks, N.Y. POST, 3/1).

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              In the tentative deal reached by the NFL and NFLPA to
         extend its CBA through 2003, there is "some ambiguous
         language in the agreement to redirect some TV money to help
         needy teams pursue new stadium construction," according to
         Tony Grossi of the Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER.   Steelers
         President Dan Rooney: "The problem with that is the
         confusion.  The (people in) Pittsburgh and Denver, they'll
         think, 'OK, now the league's going to pay for stadiums.' 
         That is not going to help.  All this does is help a little." 
         Grossi added that the union "held the advantage in
         negotiations, but it declined to hold out for such givebacks
         as eliminating the restrictive franchise player and
         transition player designations" (PLAIN-DEALER, 3/1).  In San
         Diego, Jerry Magee examines the "dogging-it" clause in the
         tentative deal which applies to a player with a guaranteed
         contract being warned by the team over the "intensity" of
         his performance.  Magee: "Intensity is not a matter that can
         be legislated.  It is a character thing.  It should be left
         that way" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/1).
              OTHER FOOTBALL NOTES: ESPN's Chris Mortensen said that
         members of the Black Coaches Association "feel progress is
         being made" where "the pool of coordinators -- black
         coordinators -- is starting to get deeper."  Mortensen: "We
         now have ten black coordinators on the offensive and
         defensive side of the ball in the NFL, which has widened the
         pool.  They're happy with that.  What they're not happy with
         is what's going on in the NCAA, where there are only five
         head coaches out of 114 schools, and the coordinators, just
         about ten, really, what they have in the NFL" (ESPN, 3/1).
         ...USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes reports that Joe Kapp's planned
         pro football league includes former Rams exec Don Klosterman
         and ex-NFL QB Craig Morton.  The league "targets Hispanic-
         American fans in New York, San Antonio, Los Angeles,
         Orlando, Mexico City and San Jose" (USA TODAY, 3/2). 

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