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              FOOTBALL: USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes examines the NFL's
         establishment of the Browns expansion franchise and writes
         that the "stocking of departments, unprecedented in NHL
         history, has irked some ownership groups" (USA TODAY, 5/8).
         ...USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke writes that if NBC and Turner
         Broadcasting move forward on a new football league, it would
         "likely" include 10, 12 or "even more franchises, mostly in
         major markets," and begin in mid-August (USA TODAY, 5/8).
              OTHER NOTES: The CA Speedway announced that attendance
         at last weekend's CA 500 drew a record sellout crowd of
         115,000, topping the record of 95,000 set last year (Penske
         Motorsports)....Nine members of the former Colorado Silver
         Bullets baseball team have signed contracts to play with the
         Ladies Professional Baseball League (USA TODAY, 5/8)

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              NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik appeared on the "NBA
         on TNT" with Verne Lundquist and Doc Rivers prior to the
         start of the second half of the Knicks-Pacers game last
         night.  Granik, on the league's labor negotiations: "We had
         our fifth or sixth meeting today.  We've been meeting about
         once a week and our hope is that we will continue that pace
         and maybe even pick it up a little as we go forward."  
         Granik mentioned that Rivers was part of past labor talks,
         and added, "You hope that if you keep talking, keep meeting,
         that eventually will lead to some agreement.  The biggest
         thing for us is the economic system.  We have an economic
         system that we think is out of whack. ... That's the biggest
         issue, there are other issues but I think those are going to
         be resolvable" ("NBA on TNT," TNT, 5/7).
              AGENTS MEET: SI's Jackie MacMullan reports that agents
         representing a 20-member advisory committee will meet today
         to discuss, "among other things, whether a majority of
         players support decertification" (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 5/11).

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              Oilers President Glen Sather said that small-market
         Canadian teams can survive, but success will mean "convincing
         the rest of the NHL's owners, both in Canada and the United
         States, that they are on a self-destructive course,"
         according to David Shoalts of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. 
         Sather said that he doesn't expect to receive any public
         assistance, but that teams need to control salaries: "The
         market is created by us.  If we decide not to pay Sergei
         Fedorov $36-million, that changes the market."  But he added
         that the market won't change since owners will spend whatever
         it takes to win, so small-market clubs, "instead of bitching
         and moaning about salaries," are going to have to target new
         revenue.  Sather said one "key" area is TV, where the Oilers
         are bringing all production in-house and looking at PPV
         telecasts as a "major growth area."  Sather added that he
         would like to see more revenue sharing and said the six
         Canadian clubs "would be a hell of a lot better off if we
         could keep the 'Hockey Night in Canada' revenue," instead of
         the current Canadian Assistance Plan.  Sather, on fellow
         owners: "Everybody, because they want to chase the Stanley
         Cup, can rationalize what they pay these players.  Owners
         start to fall in love with their stars" (GLOBE & MAIL, 5/8). 

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