SBD/27/Leagues Governing Bodies

NBA, PART II: UNION/AGENTS PUT ON GLOVES OVER CBA

          At a Friday press conference, NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter
     and 12 of "the game's most influential agents" said that if
     the league reopens its CBA next year, "they will face tougher
     negotiations than they did in 1995," according to Mike Wise
     of the N.Y. TIMES.  Hunter: "We're not encouraging a
     confrontation with the N.B.A.  But the union is no longer in
     the mind set it was two years ago.  There will be unity
     between the players, the union and the agents."  The union
     wants to see an end to the rookie salary cap that was put in
     the '95 agreement.  Hunter also downplayed talk of a work
     stoppage: "Our intent is not to strike.  At least not at this
     stage" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/25).  Hunter: "The current deal has
     been a bad one for the players as a whole, and a setback. 
     The players made numerous concessions the last time.  That
     won't happen again" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/26).
          REAX: In Orlando, Tim Povtak wrote that by next July,
     the NBA "is expected to be engulfed in a messy labor/
     management battle that could leave it with deep and lasting
     scars.  By July 1, the NBA could be a mess" (ORLANDO
     SENTINEL, 10/26).  In AZ, Bob Young wrote under the header,
     "NBA Could Be Heading Toward Trouble Next Year."  Young noted
     the potential for a work stoppage: "Enjoy this NBA season.
     ... Because it could all go away next summer" (ARIZONA
     REPUBLIC, 10/26).  The AP wrote: "Time for a new slogan:  The
     NBA -- Enjoy it while it lasts."  The AP: "From all
     indications, this is the NBA's eve of destruction.  The Bulls
     are breaking up, a lockout looms, a baseball-style labor war
     is possible and the whole basketball of wax could break apart
     like a shattered backboard" (AP/STAR TRIBUNE, 10/26).  

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