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NBA SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE WITH LITTLE MOVEMENT ON NEW CBA

     The NBPA's latest proposal would raise the NBA's salary cap
from $15.9M to close to $27M and would drop the union's "take of
revenues" from 57.5% last year to 50%.  The "addition through
subtraction" is made possible in "defined gross revenues, which
are the launching pad for the present cap."  The "key is what
gets defined," writes Steve Bulpett of the BOSTON HERALD.
Currently, ownership doesn't figure in the income from luxury
suites, arena signage, and int'l broadcasting.  Those were "in
effect, tax free stashes for the league."  Bulpett reports the
new proposal also calls for a three-year limit on rookie
contracts, and an end to restricted free agency.  NBPA Exec Dir
Charles Grantham: "It's time to look at the entire playing field.
If we're truly partners, let's split it down the middle.  If you
look at the defined gross we had before, it allows for temptation
to shift funds from one account to another. ... Teams may not
have intended to do that, but it happened" (BOSTON HERALD, 4/2).
NBA officials are "discouraged" by the latest proposal.  NBA
Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik said the issue is "what should
the business appropriately play the players": "Obviously, we
think we have been paying out a very fair proportion" (David
Moore, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/2). In Chicago, Lacy Blanks writes
that Michael Jordan's return provides some "optimism."  Hawks
Guard Steve Smith:  "Surely (owners) wouldn't lock out a Michael
Jordan" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/2).
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