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Volume 24 No. 112
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          In Chicago, Sam Smith writes on the NBA, calling it
     "Just another week in the league gone mad. ... One of the
     biggest problems facing the NBA today is the intransigence
     and obstructionism" of the league's Players Association,
     "which continues to defy the league's attempts to bring more
     discipline to the game" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/12).  The
     CHICAGO SUN-TIMES' Lacy Banks: "Who is running this NBA
     asylum? ... [Commissioner] David Stern ... is making the NBA
     an international marketing gold mine.  But while a
     deteriorating economy is definitely damaging the league, the
     negative behavior of various players might be causing even
     more harm" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/12).
          LATIN LOVER: NBA VP/Managing Dir of Latin America Rob
     Levine is profiled by Fran Brennan in the MIAMI HERALD. 
     Brennan, on Levine's efforts to increase the NBA's
     popularity in Latin America: "Apparently, it's working. 
     Although few of the NBA's players hail from Latin America
     countries, the league sells down south (MIAMI HERALD, 1/12).