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SBD/27/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published March 27, 1998
NBA LABOR PAINS: One NBPA "union insider" tells Peter Vecsey of the N.Y. POST, "What incentive do owners have not to lock out players? Players may be better organized for a long fight and show more unity than ever before, but the days are gone forever when you can ask them to sit out half of his guarantee for the good of the next generation. ... The average salary is close to $3 [million], we're talking about losing half before the owners start to feel some pain, too, in lost revenue. There's just too much at risk almost right away for the player and his family" (N.Y. POST, 3/37). SENIOR TOUR HITS 21 EVENTS: The worldwide men's senior tennis tour, sanctioned by the ATP Tour, will begin its second year in '98-99 with 21 events. New events have been added in Minneapolis, Boston, Melbourne and Qatar. In the U.S., the Nuveen Tour will celebrate its fifth anniversary with nine events. In Detroit, the circuit will join with Pistons G Joe Dumars to present the Mentadent Joe Dumars Champions, and for its inaugural event near Boston, the Nuveen Tour will join the WTA Tour for a two-week "Tennis Fest" event at Babson College in Wellesly, MA (ATP Tour).