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STERN SAYS NBA NOT PART OF TURNER/NBC LEAGUE -- NOT YET

          NBA Commissioner David Stern told USA TODAY's Rudy
     Martzke that the league "has no involvement" in the proposed
     new NBC/Turner football league, but that when "this new
     league begins, it wouldn't surprise me if some NBA owners
     are owners of these teams."  Stern: "Our owners are always
     looking to expand their properties. ... I think that owning
     more than one sports team in an NBA city is a good idea"
     (USA TODAY, 6/4).  In Philadelphia, Rich Hofman writes under
     the header, "New League Plausible With Right Strategy." 
     Hofman: "You've got to aim this thing at kids and families. 
     That is the only place where the NFL is vulnerable."  He
     adds that the new league should sell "everything the NFL
     isn't," with microphones on players and coaches, instant
     replay and helmet cams (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/4).

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