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NBA REFS LOCKOUT: CLAIMS OF "PROGRESS," BUT NOTHING TO SHOW
Published December 1, 1995
The NBA and its locked-out referees met for the second consecutive day with four key issues remaining and another session scheduled for today. Mike Mathis, chief negotiator for the refs, said the definition of language for pension and benefits, as well as playoff salaries, severance pay and the term of the contract still prevent an agreement. Jeffrey Mishkin, the NBA's Senior VP for Legal & Business Affairs, said in a statement: "We're no closer to an agreement and we remain far apart" (WASHINGTON POST, 12/1). NBA Commissioner David Stern has attended both meetings this week, the first talks since November 16. NBRA General Counsel Fred Slaughter: "As far as I'm concerned, we're continuing to make progress. ... We would love to have it done before Monday" (AP/S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/1). ESPN's Jack Edwards: "The refs apparently see the glass as half full, while the league sees it as half empty." Slaughter: "It's amazing to me how people indicate that we have great distances" ("SportsCenter," 11/30).