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ESPN'S ALDRIDGE REPORTS NBA "WILLING TO OPEN ITS BOOKS"
Published February 27, 1998
The "latest meeting" between the NBA and the NBPA was held Tuesday between NBA Commissioner David Stern and NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter, according to ESPN's David Aldridge. Aldridge: "No breakthrough was achieved nor should have been expected, but the league did tell the union that it would be willing to open its books, something the NBA has been loathe to do in years past, to prove to the union that teams' profit margins have dropped dramatically or disappeared altogether over the past two years" ("SportsCenter," 2/26). NBA NOTES: THE SPORTING NEWS' cover story examines the events around the NBA's trading deadline under the header, "What's The Deal? Inside A Week Of Trades, Tantrums And Turmoil." David Moore writes, "A league under siege took a few more hits this past week." Noting players' moves to influence where and when they are traded, Moore asks, "Have the owners handed control of the sport over to their employees, setting the state for labor Armageddon to unfold in five short months? The answer is unknown. What is known is that every time commissioner David Stern turns around, he bumps into another problem that rips at the fabric of the sport's success" (TSN, 3/2 issue). In Chicago, Lacy Banks writes that while Michael Jordan is the "league's most pervasive positive" it is "unfair for Jerry Reinsdorf and his partners to be saddled with paying Jordan by themselves when he is making so much money for everybody." Banks: "Jordan is spreading the wealth around the league unlike any other player ever has done. It would only be right if the league would spread around the responsibility of helping the Bulls pay his salary" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/27).