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EWING OUT TO SHOW THAT HE'S HIS OWN MAN IN CBA TALKS
Published September 17, 1997
Patrick Ewing's election as NBPA President "comes at a very pivotal time for the players association," according to Mike Wise of the N.Y. TIMES. With the "growing possibility that the league will reopen" the CBA next year, "he could be at the forefront of securing a new deal and coping with a potential lockout." Ewing, who led a move to decertify the union in '95, was accused with others "of essentially being a tool of what many perceived to be an agent-led movement." But Ewing and others "feel that many of their predictions regarding the league turning into a caste system under the current agreement have come true" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/17). WOMEN'S DAY: NBA VP Rod Thorn confirmed that "the league is preparing for the potential introduction of female officials this season," according to Ira Winderman of the Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. The final referee roster will be determined later this month, but Winderman writes that the league is "expected to add a significant number of new officials" in the wake of the IRS investigation of several veteran referees (Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 9/17).