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STERN SAYS TIME RUNNING SHORT FOR NBA LABOR DEAL
Published April 27, 1995
After the NBA's Board of Governors meeting yesterday, Commissioner David Stern said the time was growing short to reach a labor agreement with the players, according to this morning's TORONTO STAR. The league has been operating under a no-strike, no-lockout deal since October 27. Although the sides have been meeting regularly, the union's negotiating team underwent a major change when Charles Grantham resigned as NBPA Exec Dir. Former NBPA General Counsel Simon Gourdine has replaced Grantham, but Stern said the change would not affect negotiations. Stern: "The players are represented by six people. Five of the six people remain the same." Stern would not specify specific issues that stand in the way of a deal (TORONTO STAR, 4/27). MORE NBA BUSINESS: At the Board of Governors meeting, several items were approved, including the timetable on completing the Grizzlies and Raptors' expansion agreement. Stern also acknowledged while the league does not expect to add more franchises in the near future, the NBA will receive an expansion application from a New Orleans group led by Saints Owner Tom Benson. Stern: "We think he has a great group and would be a great owner." The league will also allow the Clippers to increase the number of games they play in Anaheim from six to eight (Mult., 4/27). FROM THE PLAYERS: The NBPA is entering the high school summer basketball camp business, "which has been dominated in recent years by sneaker companies." The union will invite 50-60 of the top rising seniors, juniors and sophomores to Princeton, NJ, June 20-25, according to Alex English, NBPA Dir of Player Programs and Bob Dandridge, NBPA Dir of College Programs. No college coaches will be allowed to attend. Besides playing games, campers will be tutored in how to take the SAT's, and on substance abuse awareness, college completion, internships, HIV/AIDS awareness, money management and agent regulation (USA TODAY, 4/27).