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DAVID REMAINS A GOLIATH; PLAYER BOYCOTT OF NETS EARNS SCORN

          FAME's David Falk plans to take a "more proactive role
     in ending the lockout," according to Mike Wise of the N.Y.
     TIMES.  Wise: "It remains to be seen whether his presence
     will be divisive or helpful."  Noting Michael Jordan's
     active role in last Wednesday's talks, Falk said, "I'd like
     to think Michael spoke up partly because of our conversation
     the night before."  Falk said he told Jordan and NBPA
     President Patrick Ewing: "If I told you I bought four
     vacation homes around the world and realized that I could
     not reasonably afford all of them, and then I decided to
     raise your fees to 50 percent to pay for them, what would
     you tell me?  You'd tell me, 'If you can't afford them, sell
     them.'"  Falk would "not elaborate" on his threat to create
     a new league through his partnership with SFX: "I don't want
     to blow up what we've created in the way of progress, but
     when billionaire owners show they want to break the will of
     the players by direct economic power, then the players have
     a right to break their will, too.  There are ways to
     exercise economic power" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/31). 
          FROM THE LIP: In N.Y., Mike Lupica noted Falk's
     comments: "There may be worse phonies in sports than David
     Falk, but it is hard to come up with one today."  Calling
     Falk a "cheap hustler," Lupica concluded, "There aren't many
     guys who can make you root for a sports owner.  Falk can"
     (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/1).  On "The Sports Reporters," Lupica
     continued and said, "I just wonder how Michael feels about
     looking like a bobblehead doll for [Falk]?" (ESPN, 11/1).
          AND WHAT OF JORDAN? In Chicago, Bernie Lincicome calls
     Jordan "Air Hoffa," as he has become a "crusading union
     boss."  Lincicome: "I can just see Jordan now, out there in
     those Southeast Asia shoe factories, sleeves rolled up,
     righting neglected wrongs. ... I am sure that just as soon
     as Jordan has secured the right of Kevin Garnett to be
     overpaid beyond reason and budget, he will get around to
     those Third World exploitees.  A man can only do so much,
     and there are tee times to arrange" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/2).
          NBC/TNT BOYCOTT? In N.Y., Phil Mushnick calls the
     union's threatened boycott of the league's TV partners
     "kinda sad, given that NBC had spent years pandering to and
     promoting the players, even going to absurd lengths to
     protect their ugly sides from view.  After the lockout,
     perhaps NBC should refuse to interview players who insist on
     appearing while wearing their endorsement logos" (N.Y. POST,
     11/2).  Also in N.Y., Bob Raissman called the boycott "a
     very dumb negotiating ploy that no one is taking seriously." 
     Raissman: "The only logical reaction to this proposed
     interview boycott is to laugh" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/1).  In
     Charlotte, Rick Bonnell: "You know this lockout thing is
     nasty when it threatens to break up Michael and Ahmad." 
     Jordan: "I'm not saying that the players shouldn't give
     interviews.  But I'm saying that they should remember what
     (the networks) did when terms were being negotiated"
     (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/1).  On "The Sports Reporters," Dick
     Schaap: "Does this mean Michael Jordan is no longer going to
     confide in Ahmad Rashad?  How are we going to find out
     Michael's innermost thoughts without Ahmad's probing
     questions?  How will journalism survive?" (ESPN, 11/1).
          SPONSOR FALLOUT? In Miami, Steve Wyche reported that
     "there is mounting speculation that high-paying sponsors are
     leaning on the networks to lean on owners to reach a deal so
     lost broadcasts are minimized" (MIAMI HERALD, 11/1).

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