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SBD/23/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published April 23, 1998
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).