Sport: Executives on the Court

Denver had seen nothing like it since the '30s when basketball buffs kept the cramped old city auditorium bursting at the seams and the fire department turned out regularly to turn away late arrivals. Even Colorado's Governor Steve McNichols showed up last week to watch the Denver Chicago Truckers take on the Phillips 66ers, the pride of Bartlesville, Okla. and perennial champions of the nine-year-old National Industrial Basketball League. Along with 6,500 shouting constituents, the governor got all the excitement he bargained for.

Rookies of the N.I.B.L., the cocky Truckers showed no more respect for the champs than big-rig drivers barreling through...

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