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NBA LABOR TALKS TO CONTINUE OVER ALL-STAR WEEKEND
Published December 13, 1994
The NBA is seeking to add something to its All-Star weekend in Phoenix in two months. "Now the league and its players are seeing if they can add peace to the agenda." Officials from the NBPA and the NBA got together last week in New York and are scheduled to meet the rest of this month and through January to "hammer out a new" collective bargaining agreement. "Never one to pass up a well-lit stage," NBA Commissioner David Stern "would absolutely love to make the announcement with sponsors and media in heavy concentration." NBPA Exec Dir Charles Grantham: "We want to see if there is a way we can reach an agreement around the All-Star game if possible. ... It's clear there's a sense on both sides that we would like to get a deal." The sides are still "rather distant." The players will "give" on a rookie wage scale, and the league is ready to give more of the "lucrative licensing pie and even raise the percentage of defined gross revenues that go to the players" from 53 to 57%. But the owners want to "tighten the cap rules and restrict the tap dancing around the spirit of the system. There is also talk of a four- year limit on player contracts" (Steve Bulpett, BOSTON HERALD, 12/11).