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NBA TAKES ACTION AGAINST UNION, GROUP OF AGENTS

     The NBA filed an unfair labor practice charge against the
NBPA yesterday and charged the union's new legal team with
rejecting some terms of the six-year CBA recently negotiated with
the players.  According to USA TODAY, the league is also suing
agents Frank Catapano, David Falk, Marc Fleisher, Ron Grinker,
Steve Kauffman and Arn Tellem, "charging them with attempting to
upset the agreement."  Other agents are expected to be added.
Lawyers for the union and league have been working on details of
the CBA,  which has not been ratified.  NBPA attorneys Jeffrey
Kessler and Jim Quinn, who found some terms unacceptable,
represented the group of players who tried to decertify the union
last summer.  NBPA officials claim the league "is attempting to
impose new terms involving salary cap mechanics, measures to
prevent circumvention of the salary cap and group licensing"
(Roscoe Nance, USA TODAY, 3/13).
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