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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE INDIFFERENT IN THE NBA LOCKOUT

          With the NBA lockout into its 19th week and 129th day 
     -- and the void of the league's first week of regular-
     season games which were scheduled to begin Tuesday -- many
     in the media continue to weigh in on the NBA's labor
     dispute.  A sample of U.S. and Canadian reaction follows: 
          DOES ANYBODY CARE? In Chicago, Steve Rosenbloom: "Good
     morning, David Stern.  Figured out yet that few people are
     missing your expensive little halfway house?" (CHICAGO
     TRIBUNE, 11/3).  Also in Chicago, Rick Telander: "The NBA
     owners' lockout continues onward, and right now I suppose
     you could say the monetary impasse is being greeted by most
     sports fans with a gigantic yawn" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/4).
     In Ft. Worth, Randy Galloway: "What if those polls are
     right, and most sports fans don't care?" (FT. WORTH STAR
     TELEGRAM, 11/6).  In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs: "About the time
     commissioner David Stern's scraggly beard starts filling in
     like Santa Claus's, maybe I'll start getting riled about the
     lack of an NBA season" (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/4).  The Boston
     Herald's George Kimball wrote in the IRISH TIMES: "Not only
     do many people not care that the NBA isn't playing games
     this week, a lot of them haven't even noticed" (IRISH TIMES,
     11/5).  In S.D., Tom Cushman: "I can't recall another
     instance of labor intramurals between multimillionaires of
     professional sports that has been viewed with such universal
     indifference" (S.D. UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/6).  In Miami, Greg
     Cote: "Somehow, life beats on.  Nearby, despite the NBA
     impasse, the Torch of Friendship still burns.  Traffic
     moves.  Birds fly" (MIAMI HERALD, 11/4).  In N.Y., George
     Vecsey: "This lockout is a chance for all of us to get our
     lives together.  I promise to write more about hockey and
     college hoops and women's sports, find people who still
     pursue sport for joy" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/4).  In Toronto, Jim
     Hunt: "I have met only one person who gives a damn about the
     basketball lockout (TORONTO SUN, 11/3).  Also in Toronto,
     Stephen Brunt wrote the lack of games "has not caused a
     ripple in the marketplace (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/5).  In
     Jacksonville, Mike Bianchi: "This is where sports owners and
     athletes always make their big mistake -- by thinking they
     actually matter in some substantial way" (FL TIMES UNION,
     11/4).  In Long Beach, Doug Krikorian: "If ever two sides
     deserved such a plight and inspired total repugnance with
     their actions, it's these two warring parties" (PRESS-
     TELEGRAM, 11/5).  In DC, Thomas Boswell: "The NBA arrogantly
     believes it won't repeat baseball's horrific mistakes. ...
     Meanwhile, the NBA is duplicating -- down to the details --
     the baseball strike of 1981.  That's the analogy that should
     scare the NBA to death (WASHINGTON POST, 11/6).  
          BUT SOME ARE TAKING SIDES: In S.F., David Steele: "Make
     no mistake about it ... the unprecedented cancellation of
     the first month of games, and the threat to the remainder of
     the season, is the owners' fault. ... They took advantage of
     every new provision in the old [CBA], squirmed through every
     available loophole, screwed up the salary scale for each
     other, then had the nerve to rip the agreement up" (S.F.
     CHRONICLE, 11/3).  But in Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote, "[The
     NBA] isn't halting play.  It just isn't starting on time. 
     There's a difference" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/3).  In
     Cleveland, Bill Livingston: "I'm usually pro-player, but
     this time, I think the owners are just trying to take back
     some of the industry" (PLAIN DEALER, 11/3).  In Houston,
     John Lopez: "We wondered why David Duval could be the PGA's
     leading money-winner with roughly $2.6 million in the bank
     this year, but the NBA players making an average of $2.6
     million say they can't survive" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/5).  
     In Salt Lake City, John Robinson: "The bigger question: Do
     we really care?  I've had it with these pampered prima
     donnas. ... Earth to delusional NBA players.  This just in:
     Most people work under some kind of a hard salary cap, and
     it doesn't start at $275,000 (DESERET NEWS, 11/3).  

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