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Published October 3, 1994
The NBA Board of Governors meets tomorrow and Wednesday in New York and -- according to the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION -- "the whispers are becoming nastier and more persistent" about labor issues. A rundown of some items facing the board: SALARY CAP -- players say the cap is "obsolete" and only "limit[s] movement and stifle[s] their ability to earn higher wages"; ROOKIE SALARY CAP -- "Besides the strong sentiment toward retaining the cap, owners are becoming increasingly enamored of a rookie salary scale that would restrict wages until a player becomes a proven commodity"; THE DRAFT -- owners say the two-round draft "ensures the competitive balance within the league," while the union argues it "restricts a player's right to work in a city of his choosing"; FREE AGENCY -- "players hope to abolish the concept of restricted free agency"; LICENSING/MERCHANDISING -- "many believe that the players' desire to immediately claim a greater share of licensing/merchandising revenues ultimately will prod the union toward compromising on other issues" (Ailene Voisin, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/2). ENDORSEMENTS, ENDORSEMENTS, ENDORSEMENTS: In Boston, Steve Bulpett writes that the Board of Governors "would do well to recall that enlightenment is what got the league to its exalted status. And that the elevator also travels downward." A lockout would "be a largely senseless act," but so would a strike by the players -- since "the wrath of the fans would rain on them in financially injurious ways. ... One finds it hard to picture an advertiser seeking a player roundly perceived as selfish to endorse his or her product." Celtics GM M.L. Carr: "There is only a certain amount of outside work available for professional athletes and if a particular group of them falls out of favor with the fans and the sponsors, then someone else will be there to step and take over that spot. And when you look at what's happened in other sports, this is the perfect time for basketball to ride in as the good guys with the fans" (Steve Bulpett, BOSTON HERALD, 10/2).