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     NewSport's Dan Wasserman reports the NFLPA will go before
U.S. District Judge David Doty in Minneapolis to have the NFL
salary cap increased by $2M per team above the $38.8M set by the
league last week.  The union claims the league "improperly
excluded" revenues from the two expansion teams. ... Wasserman
also reports former NBPA accountant Charles Bennett has taken
himself out of the running to be the union's new Exec Dir
(NewSport, 2/14)....76ers officials will make their pitch to the
NBA today to host the '98 All-Star Game.  76ers Exec VP Tom
Chestnut, on the competition   -- New York and Portland:  "The
league's offices are in New York and there will come a time when
there are reasons for the game to be there. Right now, though,
the league likes taking the All-Star Game to other cities, to new
buildings.  Our focus will be on the substance of our
presentation.  The league has seen glitzy presentations before.
I think they're looking for substance" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS,
2/15).... NEWSDAY's Rob Parker is highly critical of NBA
Commissioner David Stern's new deal, calling it "the most
outrageous contract in the history of pro sports."  Parker
illustrates his point by substituting a dollar sign for the "S"
in Stern's name (NEWSDAY, 2/14)....The CFL is seeking buyers for
the Calgary Stampeders, with Owner Larry Rykman under threat of
losing control of the team to the Alberta Securities Commission.
Hard Rock Cafe owner Sig Gutsche is mentioned as a possibility