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Nba Office Forces Jazz To Hush Up

Mon., June 9, 1997

The p.a. announcer has been muffled, the dancers can’t hear their music, the players can’t hear the introductions and the crowd can’t hear anything but its own screams.

The NBA has ordered Utah to turn down the volume at the Delta Center, and the Jazz insist there’s a double standard at work.

“We’re being picked on. We’ve got fans complaining that they can’t hear a thing,” said Utah vice president Grant Harrison, the official in charge of promotions and game operations.

“In big cities like New York and Chicago, they let the teams get away with anything they want. But when it comes to little Utah, they think they can push us around.”

Such “pushing around” manifested itself in the form of an NBA official sitting among the stat crew at courtside with a decibel meter. Jazz officials said the man repeatedly told them to turn down the volume on the public address system.

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