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NBA PLAYERS SHOOT DOWN FIRST CBA PROPOSAL
Published November 16, 1994
NBA Player Reps voted on Monday in Chicago to reject the first "written proposal by the NBA to forge a new collective bargaining agreement." Hawks Player Rep Jon Koncak said the proposal dealt with a salary cap, free agency, and licensing, adding that there was no rookie salary cap, but that there were "provisions to close both the one-year and out option and balloon payments." Koncak: "We are not interested in doing that." Koncak did say that "some headway" was made in distribution of money from licensing and merchandise saying that the proposal was "a starting point" (Peter May, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/16). "The players are growing comfortable with the fact that the salary cap is here to stay," according to Steve Bulpett of the BOSTON HERALD. While the players work on a rookie wage scale and more revenue from merchandise under a new CBA, a "strong current of reality runs through" the NBPA. Bulls Player Rep Steve Kerr: "The Players Association originally took the position that we want to eliminate the cap. I am sure the French want the Louisiana Purchase back, too. The owners aren't going to go for that" (BOSTON HERALD, 11/15).