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NBA AND UNION TO DISCUSS LOCKOUT/STRIKE MORATORIUM
Published June 18, 1998
A "moratorium resembling a no-lockout, no-strike pledged was discussed" Wednesday during an NBA collective bargaining session as a way to reinstate the 12 players who were removed from the U.S. World Championship team, according to an AP report by Chris Sheridan in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Sources told Sheridan that a "moratorium extending into mid-summer ... was discussed in broad terms," which would allow for the return of the 12 players. After meeting yesterday, the league and the union agreed to meet again "early next week" (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/18). DREAM TEAM TURNED INTO NIGHTMARE: In Denver, Mark Kiszla writes, "Caught in the crossfire of a labor war between the NBA and the league's players, the Dream Team is dying. Let it fade away. The Dream Team, a tired concept, has a duty to die. ... Good. No more Dream Team means no more stars wrapping themselves in Old Glory for corporate gain. No more pampered athletes" (DENVER POST, 6/18). NEXT PLEASE: In L.A., Greg Johnson surveys sports execs who say that the NBA "will be hard-pressed to crown an heir apparent when Air Jordan grounds himself." Rick Burton, Dir of the Warsaw Sports Marketing School at the Univ. of OR: "Hero appreciation is driven by superhuman performance, and now to be a hero you have to be a champion to the level that Jordan has set the bar at." DC-based attorney Lon Babby, who represents Grant Hill and Tim Duncan: "You're never going to duplicate Michael Jordan, because he's a once-in-a- lifetime phenomenon. And I don't think anyone is seriously aspiring to duplicate him. But there is an opportunity out there for someone who can be the next iteration of an important spokesperson for the league" (L.A. TIMES, 6/18).