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NBA LABOR NEGOTIATIONS TO PICK UP AFTER GRANTHAM'S EXIT?
Published April 21, 1995
Media accounts of the reasons for the resignation of Charles Grantham as Exec Dir of the NBPA continue to vary. In the current issue of SI, Phil Taylor cites sources close to the talks between the league and union who say that Grantham "was losing support of some of the players because of what they considered his hard-line approach." Taylor adds that with former NBPA General Counsel Simon Gourdine taking Grantham's place as head of the union negotiating team -- "and presumably taking a more conciliatory tack -- some owners have said there could be a new agreement in place before the playoffs are over. ... The split between Grantham and the players wasn't especially bitter, but a rift of any kind represents an opening for the league" (SI, 4/24 issue). But in Boston, Jackie MacMullan continues to report that Grantham's spending habits led to his departure. One agent who sits on the union's advisory committee notes that during last summer's antitrust trial, union officials stayed at a "$500-a-day hotel" and traveled to the courthouse in limos. The agent: "I think we could have survived at the Hyatt and taking cabs." In addition, the agent reports that players were assessed an extra $3,000 for '94 on top of the usual $5,000 in union dues (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/20). The NBPA Executive Board is expected to meet today in Philadelphia (Lacy Banks, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/20).