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NBA AND UNION TO DISCUSS LOCKOUT/STRIKE MORATORIUM

          A "moratorium resembling a no-lockout, no-strike
     pledged was discussed" Wednesday during an NBA collective
     bargaining session as a way to reinstate the 12 players who
     were removed from the U.S. World Championship team,
     according to an AP report by Chris Sheridan in the SALT LAKE
     TRIBUNE.  Sources told Sheridan that a "moratorium extending
     into mid-summer ... was discussed in broad terms," which
     would allow for the return of the 12 players.  After meeting
     yesterday, the league and the union agreed to meet again
     "early next week" (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/18). 
          DREAM TEAM TURNED INTO NIGHTMARE: In Denver, Mark
     Kiszla writes, "Caught in the crossfire of a labor war
     between the NBA and the league's players, the Dream Team is
     dying.  Let it fade away.  The Dream Team, a tired concept,
     has a duty to die. ... Good.  No more Dream Team means no
     more stars wrapping themselves in Old Glory for corporate
     gain.  No more pampered athletes" (DENVER POST, 6/18).
          NEXT PLEASE: In L.A., Greg Johnson surveys sports execs
     who say that the NBA "will be hard-pressed to crown an heir
     apparent when Air Jordan grounds himself."  Rick Burton, Dir
     of the Warsaw Sports Marketing School at the Univ. of OR:
     "Hero appreciation is driven by superhuman performance, and
     now to be a hero you have to be a champion to the level that
     Jordan has set the bar at."  DC-based attorney Lon Babby,
     who represents Grant Hill and Tim Duncan: "You're never
     going to duplicate Michael Jordan, because he's a once-in-a-
     lifetime phenomenon.  And I don't think anyone is seriously
     aspiring to duplicate him.  But there is an opportunity out
     there for someone who can be the next iteration of an
     important spokesperson for the league" (L.A. TIMES, 6/18).

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