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  • CANADA MAY ASK U.S. TO CUT TAX BREAKS TO NHL TEAMS

              Canada may ask the U.S. to stop providing tax breaks
         for NHL teams "because the incentives may violate the North
         American free-trade agreement between" the U.S., Canada and
         Mexico, according to a report in the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. 
         The purpose of the '94 NAFTA agreement was to prevent any of
         the three countries from providing unfair trade incentives.
         The Canadian federal government has hired Toronto lawyer
         Dennis Mills to examine the issue.  Mills will present his
         findings to a nine-member government subcommittee in June. 
         Vivaldo Latoche, a spokesperson for Mills, said the Canadian
         government "is serious about this now.  The American
         government is giving its teams an unfair advantage."  An NHL
         official said that NAFTA had nothing to do with "team
         movement" out of Canada.  NHL VP/Legal Affairs Bill Daly:
         "With respect to where our franchises are located, and the
         subsidies they receive, there is absolutely no impact of
         NAFTA on the NHL" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/23).
    
    

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  • LEAGUE NOTES

              NBA: NBA Commissioner David Stern said that the league
         and the NBPA plan to conduct weekly meetings aimed at
         negotiating a new CBA agreement.  Stern was "optimistic" an
         accord could be reached before the June 30 deadline.  Deputy
         Commissioner Russ Granik, who is leading the talks, was
         "less upbeat."  Granik: "Nobody negotiates a [CBA] agreement
         in a month.  We're having some meaningful discussions, but
         whether we're really making any progress, I don't know yet"
         (USA TODAY, 4/23)....In Charlotte, Bonnell & Laye report
         that six of the 16 NBA playoff teams, "including hotbeds
         Seattle and Phoenix," have yet to sell out their first round
         playoff home dates (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/23).
              NOTES: SI's Tim Crothers reports that some MLB owners
         "are renewing efforts to expand the June free-agent draft to
         include players from all over the world."  Crothers writes
         that Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said that the
         "impetus" for MLB's movement toward a worldwide draft is the
         "fear that a few wealthy franchises can outbid the rest of
         the sport" for elite foreign prospects (SI, 4/27 issue)....
         ...Casey Martin and the PGA "have agreed on rules of the
         road" for when Martin uses a cart during competition. 
         Martin signed the 11-point stipulation April 17, and the PGA
         Tour "is expected to sign ... soon" (USA TODAY, 4/23).
              
    

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  • NFL ARENA FOOTBALL? LEAGUE TALKS TO AFL ABOUT MARKETING PLAN

              The NFL is talking to the AFL "about forming a
         marketing relationship that could eventually allow" NFL
         owners to buy AFL teams, according to Richard Sandomir of
         the N.Y. TIMES.  NFL VP/Communications Greg Aiello: "We've
         talked to them for a year about an association, in the
         spirit of what we have with the [CFL]."  Last year, the NFL
         made a 10-year, $3M loan to the CFL.  Sandomir reports that
         Saints Owner Tom Benson has applied for an AFL expansion
         franchise, while Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, Chiefs Owner
         Lamar Hunt and Seahawks Owner Paul Allen "have voiced
         interest in ties with the Arena league."  Sandomir adds that
         NFL owners will discuss their two AFL options -- either a
         "leaguewide Arena investment," or direct ownership -- at
         their meeting on May 19 in Miami (N.Y. TIMES, 4/23).
    
    

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  • NFL DRAFT WRAP-UP: THIRD ROUND PICKS AND CONTRACT AGENTS

              THE DAILY continues its exclusive look at the agents
         representing the NFL's third round draft picks in contract
         negotiations.  Some players may have different
         representatives for their marketing endeavors.  See THE
         DAILY tomorrow for a full wrap-up of the first three rounds.
    NO.
    PLAYER/POSITION AGENT/FIRM
    62)
    Chuck Wiley/DL Gene Burrough
    63)
    Jon Ritchie/RB Steve Baker
    64)
    Olin Kreutz/OL Mark Bartelstein/Bartelstein Sports
    65)
    Leonard Little/DL David Ware, Joe Reed/Ware & Assoc.
    66)
    Chris Conrad/OL Frank Bauer/Sun West Sports
    67)
    Scott Frost/QB Craig Domann/Domann & Pittman
    68)
    Robert Hicks/OL Eugene Parker/Parker & Associates
    69)
    Skip Hicks/RB Howard Silber
    70)
    Brian Alford/WR Not signed with an agent
    71)
    E.G. Green/WR Gene Burrough
    72)
    Jeremiah Trotter/LB Jimmy Sexton/Athletic Resource Mgmt.
    73)
    Mitch Marrow/DL Jim Ulrich
    74)
    Jammi German/WR Terris Harris/Mid-South Sports Mgmt.
    75)
    Steve Foley/DL Todd Newman/Noah, Smith & Newman
    76)
    Ahman Green/RB Leigh Steinberg/Steinberg & Moorad
    77)
    Dainon Sidney/DB Jimmy Sexton/Athletic Resource Mgmt.
    78)
    Mike Goff/OL Ken Kremer/IMG
    79)
    Brad Jackson/LB James Sims/Sims Sports Management
    80)
    Ramos McDonald/DB Jimmy Sexton/Athletic Resource Mgmt.
    81)
    Chris Floyd/RB Andrew Brandt/Woolf Associates
    82)
    Larry Shannon/WR David Caravantes/Worldwide E&S
    83)
    Greg Spires/DL Marc Pollack, David Levine Pro-Star Sports Management
    84)
    Jamie Duncan/LB Eugene Parker/Parker & Associates
    85)
    Allen Rossum/DB Neil Schwartz/Neil Schwartz Associates
    86)
    Jonathan Quinn/QB Rich Deluca/Integrated Sports Mgmt.
    87)
    Kevin Williams/DB Mike Sullivan, Jeff Sperbeck
    88)
    Rashaan Shehee/RB Ted Marchibroda Jr.
    89)
    Chris Ruhman/OL Leonard Roth/Prof. Advisory Services
    90)
    Jonathan Brown/DL Neil Schwartz/Neil Schwartz Associates
    91)
    Brian Griese/QB Ralph Cindrich/Cindrich & Co.
    92)
    Hines Ward/WR Eugene Parker/Parker & Associates

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  • ORLANDO & MINNESOTA PLACED ON WNBA MAP FOR '99 SEASON

              The WNBA's Operating Committee has voted to add two
         expansion teams -- to be operated by the T'Wolves and the
         Magic -- to the WNBA for the '99 season, bringing the number
         of teams in the league to 12.  The new teams will be granted
         upon the condition that they each secure pledges for at
         least 5,000 season tickets prior to September 1 (WNBA). WNBA
         President Val Ackerman, on the two new franchises: "They've
         shown the right level of commitment.  They're both well-run
         organizations, and it hasn't been that long since they came
         into the NBA as expansion teams.  So in some respects, they
         both know the drill."  In Orlando, L.C. Johnson reports that
         the Magic is considering Illusion and Dazzle as possible
         nicknames.  The average ticket price for the team will be
         about $15, with the low price of $8 (ORLANDO SENTINEL,4/23). 
              SHE-WOLVES: T'Wolves Exec VP Roger Griffith is
         "expected to direct" that team's WNBA operations (John
         Millea, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/23).  In St. Paul, Jim
         McCartney writes that "If the response to the WNBA's
         inaugural season is any indication, the WNBA should do just
         fine in the Twin Cities, despite an abundance" of pro and
         major college sports (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/23).
              
    

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