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NBA REFS LOCKOUT: CLAIMS OF "PROGRESS," BUT NOTHING TO SHOW

     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).
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