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NOT TO BE LEFT OUT: LOCKOUT TALK IN THE NBA, TOO
Published September 26, 1994
ESPN's Linda Cohn followed up on speculation from last week that the NBA is considering a Thanksgiving lockout of players if a new collective bargaining agreement is not signed. NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik denied that would occur: "It is much too early to make any decisions about anything like that. We still have six weeks before the season starts" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/24). The possibility of a lockout is expected to be discussed at Wednesday's NBA Board of Governors meeting at which representatives from all 27 teams will convene. Before negotiating with the owners, the players reportedly want to hear the decision by a federal court panel on the validity of the NBA's salary cap, free-agency system and draft. A decision is expected in 4-6 weeks. NBPA Exec Dir Charles Grantham contends that the players "will stand firm" against any calls for a hard cap. Grantham added: "I want to make this clear: they [players] are not going to stand for the status quo" (Lawrence & Bunn, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/25).