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NBA TALKS BREAK OFF; WORK STOPPAGE STILL DOUBTFUL
Published May 22, 1995
After meeting three times in the past three weeks, the NBA and NBPA "broke off talks" over a new CBA on Friday. NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik: "We're very far apart. It's rather discouraging right now." But new NBPA Exec Dir Simon Gourdine "took a less harsh view of the situation." Gourdine: "Both sides felt the dialogue wasn't going anywhere and it might be good to step back and reassess the situation" (N.Y. POST, 5/20). Despite the setback and the "minimal progress" achieved thus far, NBPA President Buck Williams "doubts there will be a first-ever work stoppage." Williams: "Look at baseball and what it has done to fan support. That's the worst thing that could happen to the sport" (Ailene Voisin, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/21). IS THE PIE BIG ENOUGH? After the Bulls' loss, Michael Jordan looked back on his return and pondered whether he could have cut a better deal with the league, considering the money he brought in. Jordan: "The fact is certain star players drive the NBA financially. And the question is, how do you get the money back to those marquee players. That's where the new collective bargaining agreement comes in. Business in the NBA is good. Why not be fair about it? Other businesses in the athletic world are not doing as well" (Michael Wilbon, WASHINGTON POST, 5/20).