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MISERY LOVES COMPANY? NBA LOCKOUT TALK HEATS UP
Published September 28, 1994
The NBA Board of Governors "will likely decide Tuesday to lock the players out of the regular season if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by the first week of November." Hawks President Stan Kasten, who is also president of the MLB Braves: "I think what you might be seeing is the last strike ever -- or at least for a very long time. I don't think you're going to see any league ever again allow its players to go into a season and build up their finances and then bring the season down. I don't think leagues are going to allow players to get into the position where they can effectively cancel the post- season. I think what you'll see are lockouts" (Steve Bulpett, BOSTON HERALD, 9/28). The NBPA is waiting for a ruling in federal appeals court regarding the salary cap, college draft, and the right of first refusal involving free agents. The union seeks to reverse a lower court ruling stating the three did not violate antitrust law. NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik: "We would be happy to sit down and negotiate the issues now, but apparently the players want to wait for the court ruling" (Clifton Brown, N.Y. TIMES, 9/28). UNION REAX: NBPA VP Charles Smith: "We're prepared to continue to move on through the course of the lockout and do what we have to do" (Fred Kerber, N.Y. POST, 9/28). NBPA Exec Dir Charles Grantham said players would be prepared to play alternative games in case of a lockout (Mult., 9/28).