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RUSS NEVER SLEEPS: GRANIK SAYS NBA LABOR TALK CONTINUE
Published May 8, 1998
NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik appeared on the "NBA on TNT" with Verne Lundquist and Doc Rivers prior to the start of the second half of the Knicks-Pacers game last night. Granik, on the league's labor negotiations: "We had our fifth or sixth meeting today. We've been meeting about once a week and our hope is that we will continue that pace and maybe even pick it up a little as we go forward." Granik mentioned that Rivers was part of past labor talks, and added, "You hope that if you keep talking, keep meeting, that eventually will lead to some agreement. The biggest thing for us is the economic system. We have an economic system that we think is out of whack. ... That's the biggest issue, there are other issues but I think those are going to be resolvable" ("NBA on TNT," TNT, 5/7). AGENTS MEET: SI's Jackie MacMullan reports that agents representing a 20-member advisory committee will meet today to discuss, "among other things, whether a majority of players support decertification" (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 5/11).