Group Created with Sketch.
Volume 24 No. 156

Leagues Governing Bodies

     MEMPHIS:  Despite a report in USA TODAY which had the
Hamilton Tiger-Cats possibly moving to Memphis, David Williams
advises Memphis football fans not to get too excited.  CFL Chair
John Tory: "The [USA TODAY] article is stating conclusions that
haven't been reached yet and reported on deals that haven't been
done."  Tory did not rule out a move, but said Hamilton will get
a chance to keep its team.  If the Tiger-Cats move to Memphis,
they might not be able to play in the Liberty Bowl because the
William Dunavant-led group that pursued an NFL franchise has the
lease rights to the Liberty Bowl through 2000.  Steve Ehrhart, a
Dunavant associate: "We're still trying to make a determination
of what is the best type of football for Memphis."  The Dunavant
group has not ruled out the CFL but a "higher priority" is a new
pro football league to compete with the NFL (Memphis COMMERCIAL
APPEAL, 10/20).
     EDMONTON:  The Eskimos are asking the city of Edmonton for a
$1M annual subsidy from the city -- "or muscle into control of
profits from Commonwealth Stadium."  Under the current
arrangement with the city, the Eskimos get Commonwealth Stadium
rent free, as well as a share of ad revenue and any stadium
concessions profits generated by football operations (EDMONTON
JOURNAL, 10/20).

     The CANADIAN PRESS reports that NHL Commissioner Gary
Bettman phoned NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow yesterday, "seeking to
resume negotiations."  But Goodenow was in FL visiting players
from the Panthers and Lightning, "and a member of the [NHLPA]
staff took a message."  Goodenow hadn't returned the call as of
6pm EDT last night (Alan Adams, CP/VANCOUVER SUN, 10/21).  NHL VP
& General Counsel Jeffrey Pash acknowledged that the league will
not be able to save its 84-game schedule and promised that an
announcement will be made on the reduction of the schedule
"before too long" (AP/CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/21).
     BURKE ACROSS NORTH AMERICA:  NHL Senior VP & Dir of Hockey
Ops took his tour of NHL cities to Boston, where he was described
by Joe Gordon as "one part Billy Graham, one part Elmer Gantry,
and one part Music Man. ... Lord knows, there's trouble right
here in River City, and it starts with M, and that stands for
Money."  Burke:  "I'm here to preach the truth" (BOSTON HERALD,
10/21).
     NOT TO BE OUTDONE:  Goodenow met with players from both FL
teams yesterday.  Goodenow:  "We don't have any new proposals on
the table, and I'm not meeting with every team.  But, if someone
or some team has questions, I'm happy to meet with them and
clarify things" (Tom Jones, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/21).  On their way
out, Panther players "stopped to shake hands with Goodenow and
give him a few words of support" (David Neal, MIAMI HERALD,
10/21).
     TICKET REFUND PLANS:  Several teams joined the Mighty Ducks,
Sharks and Kings in announcing their ticket-refund plans for lost
games.  Capitals season-ticket holders were offered a choice
between:  1) a 6% interest payment on canceled games as an
incentive not to seek a refund; 2) "Caps Dollars" equal to 10% of
the total value of games actually canceled, which can be redeemed
for future game tickets, at USAir Arena concession stands during
Capitals games, or for Capitals merchandise at team outlets; and,
3) exchanging the tickets for any other game during '94-95
(Cpaitals).  Capitals Dir of Marketing Lew Strudler:  "We've
tried to be creative" (Dave Fay, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/21).
Strudler also announced the team actually sold six season tickets
yesterday (Len Hochberg, WASHINGTON POST, 10/21).  The Canucks
are offering 7% interest (Vancouver PROVINCE, 10/21).  The
Senators are offering 5% (CP, 10/21).
     PRESSURE?  Larry Wigge reports that "at least two powerful
player agents" said they "scolded" Goodenow for not accepting one
of the three owners' proposals that guaranteed "no scaleback" in
salaries (SPORTING NEWS, 10/24 issue).
     HARD TIMES IN THE LAND OF PLENTY:  CNBC's Sue Herera: "Don
McSween from the Anaheim Ducks has filed an unemployment claim,
becoming the first NHL player to take advantage of a California
law giving benefits to lockout employees" ("Market Wrap," CNBC,
10/20).

     The IHL and the Professional Hockey Players Association are
close to agreeing on a new CBA and could announce a signed deal
as early as tomorrow in Cleveland.  The IHL has been negotiating
with the PHPA since February, and the main issue has been revenue
sharing and a taxed salary cap -- the same issues the NHL has
been struggling with.  Cincinnati Cyclones Player Rep Dallas
Eakins said that the labor negotiations have been "much more
civil" than those in the NHL: "We know we're not the NHL.  We
want families to be able to afford to come to our games, so it
has to be a good working agreement" (Randy Oppenheimer,
CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/21).  Clevaland Lumberjacks Owner Larry
Gordon said the agreement would include provisions for career
counseling, a players' pension, revenue sharing and "other things
the players have never had before."  One proposal still being
debated is the prospect of adding the union as the 18th league
team for revenue-sharing purposes.  Gordon added that a clause in
the agreement will ensure that a minimum of 5,000 seats in each
IHL arena will cost an average of $10 or less (Amy Rosewater,
Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 10/20).

     In Atlanta, Thomas Stinson examines USA TODAY's study of
baseball finances (see THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY, 10/20).  "It
may come as little surprise that both sides on the labor dispute
have troubles with the survey's findings."  Braves Player Rep Tom
Glavine: "Both sides have had economists making their findings
and [USA Today] has its own opinion.  It all depends on what
you're looking for."  The survey, for instance, projected losses
"absorbed" by the Astros to be $14.2M.  Astros GM Bob Watson
called that "significantly low" but still found "substance in the
general findings."  According to Stinson, the survey made 11
"assumptions and/or adjustments that misrepresented the disparity
between the losers and winners.  Omitted, for instance, was debt
service, a factor that may push" the Pirates, who reportedly lose
$1M a month, to move (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/21).
     UPDATE:  CNN's Fred Hickman: "Ten of the top agents in the
business representing approximately half of the players with big
league contracts met with union officials in New York.  The
consensus after the five hour meetings: The players will continue
to sign new deal throughout the offseason, strike or no.  They
say the players are hunkered down and expect none to fold come
spring training if no deal is in place at that time" ("Sports
Tonight," CNN, 10/20).
     FANTASY SERIES:  Studio City Holding announced the formation
of a joint venture to produce a "fantasy" version of the '94
World Series.  Participants are Sandlot Production Partners,
Fawnsworth Int'l Picture Corporation and Studio City Holding.
The "Series" is being recorded and prepared for broadcast by
Radio Cinema (Studio City).