NFL: In N.Y., Mike Freeman reported that Giants GM
George Young "is expected" to take a high-ranking NFL front
office job for next season. The position will be similar to
a VP or Deputy Commissioner (N.Y. TIMES, 11/23)....NFL
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "apparently is getting nowhere
in his efforts to get owners and players" to extend the CBA
to seven or eight years "and use it to get more money" from
TV (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/23).
GENERAL: Univ. of TN junior Chamique Holdsclaw, the
"greatest player in women's college basketball," was
profiled by Jere Longman of the N.Y. TIMES. Although both
the WNBA and ABL have criteria against drafting college
players, ABL CEO Gary Cavalli said it would be "hard to
speculate how one would react" if Holdsclaw left school
early. Cavalli: "At the point Chamique made her decision,
we would re-evaluate" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/23)....NBPA Exec Dir
Billy Hunter said it would challenge the fine and three-game
suspension imposed by the NBA on Blazers G Isaiah Rider for
allegedly spitting on a fan while in Detroit. Hunter
claimed Rider was provoked by a drunken fan who "threatened"
Rider and his family. Hunter: "While no one condones
spitting, the League must behave responsibly by fully
investigating the circumstances, rather than acting first
and asking questions later" (NBPA).