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NBA AND REFEREES MEET AS REPLACEMENTS HIT THE HARDWOOD
Published October 13, 1995
The NBA met with representatives of its locked-out referees association for more than three hours yesterday, but "little progress was made" toward reaching a new CBA. Jeffrey Miskin, the NBA's Senior VP/Legal and Business Affairs and league negotiator, said the two sides "remain very far apart on the economic issues." No new meetings were announced (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/13). As the exhibition season began, replacement referees were used. In Houston, Eddie Sefko writes the "backup players" used during the Rockets/Spurs games were "a lot better than the backup referees." Sefko: "Judging by the preseason opener, the league ought to up their offer or some coaches and more than a few players are going to go nuts." Longtime veteran Charles Jones: "They didn't have a clue. ... I think the league ought to lock these guys out, too" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/13). GOOD DEAL? SI's "Scorecard" notes the effect the new rookie salary cap is having on contract negotiations: "No whining. No griping. No shouted ultimatums. Can the NBA season be approaching this quietly?" Last year at this time four of the top 10 NBA draft picks were still unsigned and 11 of the 27 overall were holding out. This year with the wage scale, all 29 first round picks are signed. By "giving headstrong rookies and tightfisted owners little to argue about, the NBA has administered a giant aspirin to an annual headache" ("Scorecard," SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 10/16 issue).