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Volume 24 No. 155

Leagues Governing Bodies

     "The fear is that hockey has slipped into an extended deep
freeze.  There are no talks planned in the dispute and there's
some thought the two parties might not warm to negotiations until
games start being cancelled.  That could come this weekend" (Paul
Hunter, TORONTO STAR, 10/13).  Neither the NHLPA nor the NHL
could confirm if players would or would not be paid per lost
game, but Canucks Owner Arthur Griffiths said there would be a
"pro-rata loss of salary" (David Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL,
10/13).
     MOVING TO A CAP?  In New York, Murray Chass reports that
some owners have raised the notion of converting the luxury tax
plan to a straight salary cap, "as in, 'if we're going to have a
war, let's have a war over a salary cap.'"  While it "was not by
any means the prevailing view," the sentiment "reflects the
bleakness of the negotiating situation for the near future."  One
person close to the union, on the luxury tax: "If that's an
ongoing condition of a deal, there will never be a deal" (N.Y.
TIMES, 10/13).
     LOSSES:  Senators Owner Rod Bryden projects the team will
lose $15M if the season is lost and $8M if there is a 50-game
schedule.  But Bryden foresees no layoffs and no delays on
construction of the Palladium, the team's new $200M home (John
MacKinnon, OTTAWA CITIZEN, 10/13).  Maple Leaf President Cliff
Fletcher also predicted a $15M loss if there is no season (Damien
Cox, TORONTO STAR, 10/13).
     GOODENOW-BASHING:  Capitals Owner Abe Pollin tells the
WASHINGTON POST that during the '92 labor talks he opened the
books on the Capitals and the Capital Centre for Goodenow to
prove the team lost money, only to hear that two days later
Goodenow was calling them "fake numbers" (Len Hochberg,
WASHINGTON POST, 10/13).  Whalers Owner Peter Karmanos said he
paid Goodenow for help in attaining a franchise when Goodenow was
a player agent.  Karmanos claims Goodenow billed him "thousands"
every month and "assured" him he would get a franchise.
Goodenow:  "I never, ever assured them of a team.  That's
ridiculous."  Karmanos:  "I'm saying he's very arrogant"
(HARTFORD COURANT, 10/12).
     OTHER OWNERSHIP QUOTES:  Blues President Jack Quinn:  "We're
saying to the players, 'Fellas, you're already in far more than
50-50.  We're trying to tell you to slow down.  You can't have
Christmas every year" (Dave Luecking, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH,
10/13).  Arthur Griffiths, on the NHLPA's mistrust of ownership's
figures:  "It's easier to say they don't believe you than bring
in their auditors" (Iain MacIntyre, VANCOUVER SUN, 10/13).
Griffiths did note that "some local advertising" did not figure
into gross revenues (Vancouver PROVINCE, 10/13).  Bruins Pres/GM
Harry Sinden: "We are prepared at the moment to take a hit, I'm
not going to tell you what the number is, but it's a big-time hit
across the league" ("SportsCenter," 10/12).
     PLAYER QUOTES:  Blues winger Brendan Shanahan:  "For Gary
Bettman to react the way he did leaves me no other conclusion
than his sole intention is to break the union" (Dave Luecking,
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/13).  Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick: "I'm
ready to sit here a year or two, I'll go play in Europe if I have
to" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 10/12).  Lightning Player Rep Brian
Bradley:  "I don't think anything's going to happen until maybe
Nov. 1. ... The whole thing is trust.  They don't trust us and we
don't trust them" (Roy Cummings, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/13).  NHLPA VP
Kelly Miller said that NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow told players
to "prepare to lose the entire" season (Baltimore SUN, 10/13).
     THE "I" IS WATCHING:  While IHL Commissioner Bob Ufer said
he would not recommend that his GM's sign locked-out NHLers,
other agents are keeping open the possibility.  Agent Steve
Bartlett:  "A lot of my players are saying, 'Why not?'  Every
player I have is willing to look at it."  But agent Rick Curran
is recommending against it since IHL teams are requesting 100%
commitment to the whole season (Viv Bernstein, HARTFORD COURANT,
10/13).  There is talk on the West Coast of a player-staged
"California Cup" among the Sharks, Kings and Ducks (SAN JOSE
MERCURY NEWS, 10/13).
     EUROPE, HO?  Int'l Ice Hockey Federation countries are bring
advised by the NHL to prohibit contracted players from playing.
NHL Dir of Hockey Operations Brian Burke reportedly told Swedish
League President Tommy Toppel that NHLers are not allowed to play
in Sweden.  Finnish League President Urpo Hilkovaara has said his
league will not allow NHL players to join (Mike Weaver, SAN JOSE
MERCURY NEWS, 10/13).  But today's WINNIPEG SUN reports that "the
way has been cleared" for Teemu Selanne to rejoin his old Finnish
team, Jokerit (Ed Willes, WINNIPEG SUN, 10/13).
     FOOT SOLDIER:  CNN's Nick Charles reports Sabres goalie
Dominik Hasek is playing soccer at training camp of the NPSL's
Buffalo Blizzard ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 10/12).
     WALKING THE LINE:  The CANADIAN PRESS reports some U.S.
players are filing for unemployment insurance.  Edmonton-based
agent Rich Winter:  "Here I am, a high-profile player agent with
a young superstar, and I'm talking about [unemployment].  He was
asking me questions on how to fill out the form, it's hilarious"
(OTTAWA CITIZEN, 10/13).

     MLS organizers will meet with prospective investors this
Monday "to determine whether the league will begin as scheduled
in April, and if so, with how many teams."  Among the possible
backers scheduled to attend are three NFL owners (Lamar Hunt,
Robert Kraft and Alex Spanos); representatives of VA businessman
John Kluge -- Forbes' 3rd richest person in America; members of a
partnership involving basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon; and the
head of a firm that serves as the USSF's sole marketing agent.
FIFA General Secretary Joseph Blatter: "I'm sure they will start
in April."  Asked about a delay until '96: "It would be a
disappointment. ... Naturally there is going to be a negative
image of their organizational abilities.  But it would not be the
end of our effort to help."  Even if all goes well on Monday with
the potential investors, MLS will begin with only 10 teams,
instead of 12 as planned.  MLS is offering shares of the league
in $5M units.  MLS officials have said they need an initial
investment of about $75M to get started (Goff & Berkowitz,
WASHINGTON POST, 10/13).
     POST-WORLD CUP NEWS:  World Cup officials in Dallas
announced that the international soccer tournament generated
$144M in direct spending for the Dallas area and an overall
economic impact of $301M (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/12).

     In conjunction with Commissioner Gary Bettman's announcementthat the NHL Board of Governors had rejected the NHLPA's mostrecent proposal, the NHL released a detailed statement comparingthe league and the union proposals and outlining the league'sfinancial condition:        PERCENT INCREASE/DECREASE FROM 1989-90 TO 1993-94     (The '93-94 numbers are based on preliminary estimates)                    
89-90
90-91
91-92
92-93
93-94
+/-
AVG TICKET PRICE
$18.60
$20.73
$22.86
$26.17
$29.05
+56%
REVENUES
398M
449M
498M
604M
717M
+80%
AVG PLAYER SALARY
232K
253K
369K
463K
558K
+140%
PLAYER COSTS
166M
200M
272M
358M
440M
+165%
PROFIT/LOSS
50.3M
44.1M
-13.6M
-30M
-37.6M
-175%
NO. OF TEAMS
21
21
22
24
26
COMPARISON OF TAX CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER NHL AND NHLPA PROPOSALS (Figures in thousands of dollars)
NHLPA
NHL
NHLPA
NHLPA
NHL
NHLPA
22-Sep
5-Oct
10-Oct
22-Sep
5-Oct
10-Oct
1
NYR
$2,406
$3,335
$2,119
10
BOS
$1,803
$578
$983
2
DET
2,346
3,398
2,088
11
MON
1,681
480
917
3
PIT
2,290
2,844
2,034
12
NJ
1,552
413
847
4
LA
2,237
2,030
1,969
13
SJ
1,800
656
765
5
CHI
2,193
722
1,513
14
ANA
1,699
650
742
6
STL
2,039
1,688
1,475
15
VAN
1,489
479
590
7
PHI
1,981
607
1,397
16
QUE
1,343
339
470
8
TOR
1,740
485
1,265
17
NYI
1,480
0
0
9
DAL
1,952
632
1,065

     BASEBALL:  Representatives for MLB's owners and striking
players said yesterday that formal labor negotiations "likely
will not resume until early next week.  But the sides probably
will speak today about the owners' proposal to put a 45-day
freeze on players filing for free agency and signing contracts"
(WASHINGTON POST, 10/13).
     BASKETBALL:  Players at the Hawks training camp are not
thinking about a strike.  Hawks captain Kevin Willis: "There
won't be a strike in the NBA.  I guarantee we'll be playing
ball."  Hawks Player Rep Jon Koncak said the team has not
discussed the league's labor situation since training camp
started.  Koncak said "conciliatory messages" from NBA
Commissioner David Stern and Hawks President Stan Kasten "have
helped bury the subject."  Craig Ehlo, in his 12th year, "says if
any thought has been given to such an issue, it is growing
agreement among veteran players for the establishment of a rookie
salary cap": "It's ridiculous for guys who have never played in
the league to be making so much money [while] good veteran
players can't get contracts.  Something needs to be done"
(ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/13).