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LEAGUE NOTES

          NBA: ESPN's David Aldridge reported that the NBA and
     the players' association "continue to get nowhere" in their
     CBA talks.  Aldridge: "Sources indicate that the league is
     still seeking a hard cap without a Larry Bird exception,
     something that the players just won't buy.  And the union
     appears to be skeptical about the NBA's contention that up
     to half of its teams may lose money this season.  Word is
     that the union believes only four teams -- the Clippers,
     Hawks, Pacers and Warriors -- will finish in the red this
     season.  And the Clippers, Indiana and Atlanta are all on
     line" for new arenas by 2000 ("SportsCenter," 5/21).  NBC's
     pre-game show on Sunday will focus on the NBA's labor talks,
     featuring interviews with Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik
     and NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter, followed by a round-table
     discussion (MIL. JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/22)....Lakers Exec VP
     Jerry West discussed a possible minimum age for the NBA on
     Portland's KFXX Sports Radio yesterday: "[W]e need to find a
     way to put an age limit on it, because these kids simply do
     not understand why going to college, how important it is.
     ... We have glamorized everything in this league and we have
     marketed this league to a point where I really feel like we
     have to start worrying about our product" (THE DAILY).
          OTHER NOTES: USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke reports that NBC
     Exec VP Ken Schanzer said a report that he'd become COO of
     MLB is "not true."  Schanzer was President of The Baseball
     Network.  Martzke also talks to former USA Network President
     Kay Koplovitz, who said "a lot of people have called and
     suggested" she consider becoming MLB Commissioner. 
     Koplovitz: "Baseball needs a lot of repositioning in the TV
     area, which other sports have done, but they don't appear to
     want anybody making waves" (USA TODAY, 5/22)....NFL owners
     approved a trial use of instant replay during some of this
     year's preseason games (NFL)....NHL Fans Association co-
     Founder Jim Boone: "We're not a fan club.  We're going to
     look at broader issues facing the NHL and its fans."  NHL
     VP/Media Relations Frank Brown: "Their enterprise is
     laudatory.  That doesn't mean the NHL endorses it.  But it
     doesn't mean we won't be responsive to it, either" (TORONTO
     SUN, 5/21)....MLS Commissioner Doug Logan, on Rochester's
     chances of moving up from A-League to MLS: "If some magic
     gets made and a stadium happens, Rochester will get strong
     consideration for an MLS team" (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 5/20). 
                 
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