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Published May 22, 1998
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).