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NEW NBPA EXEC DIRECTOR GOURDINE MEETS WITH PLAYERS
Published April 24, 1995
NBPA Exec Dir Simone Gourdine met with several NBA players on Friday to update negotiations on a new CBA. Gourdine "outlined the discrepancies" between the two sides in a two-page memo: 1) The sharing of defined gross income. Gourdine proposed a 50/50 split of all revenue, including international sales. The league defines gross revenue as 90% of annual gross; 2) The NBA wants to "eliminate" rules allowing teams to re-sign their own free agents without a penalty against the cap, instead opting for a raise equal to the "rolling average" of 8%. 3) The players want the current system to remain with a cap for rookies' first three seasons, after which players get unrestricted free agency (Alex Marvez, MIAMI HERALD, 4/22). The "upshot" to the resignation of Charles Grantham as NBPA Exec Dir "should be a quicker settlement" to labor talks, writes Frank Lawlor in Philadelphia. Blazers President Bob Whitsitt: "I'm sure David Stern is happy about this. Simon is a good guy who cares about what happens in the NBA. This isn't a Donald Fehr situation" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/23). NBPA VP Charles Smith, on Grantham: "Charlie has done a great job over the years. But he and his predecessor (Larry Fleisher) sort of ran things with an iron first and no checks and balances" (Ailene Voisin, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/23).