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NBA'S STERN ACKNOWLEDGES SLOW-MOVING LABOR TALKS
Published January 17, 1995
NBA Commissioner David Stern acknowledged that negotiations with the players union for a new CBA are "moving slowly." Stern, who has expressed hopes to have a deal by the All-Star break: "I don't know that there are necessarily enough days left between now and the All-Star game. We've got some meetings scheduled and we'd love to make some progress. I just don't want to disappoint anybody. If we don't do it by the All-Star Game [February 12], I don't want someone to think we haven't achieved anything." NBPA Exec Dir Charles Grantham: "We've gone nowhere. In many ways, we're just stepping into the batter's box." Stern on the NHL's deal: "It sounds like they have a deal that everybody is unhappy with, which means it's a good deal" (Chris Young, TORONTO STAR, 1/14). A STERN DENIAL: According to a report in Sunday's N.Y. DAILY NEWS, Stern will not leave his job "to take a job heading up the Olympics." Mitch Lawrence notes that Stern is very committed to taking the NBA global, "so who needs the Olympics, anyway?" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/15).