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NBA AND UNION TO TALK TODAY; WEDNESDAY SEEN AS NEXT SESSION

          CBA talks between the NBA and its players union could
     resume "as soon as Wednesday," according to Phil Jasner of
     the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS.  Attorneys for the league and
     the NBPA were to "meet today on technical and legal issues." 
     It was "not clear" whether NBA Commissioner David Stern or
     Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik would participate in today's
     session (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/2).  In Saturday's
     WASHINGTON POST, NBPA Dir of Communications Dan Wasserman
     said the union "would not bring in its full 20 member
     negotiating team" on Wednesday "unless progress was made on
     Monday" (Mark Asher, WASHINGTON POST, 10/31).
          HUNTER'S CHALLENGE: NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter is
     interviewed in USA TODAY by Roscoe Nance.  On negotiations:
     "I think there's a great gulf.  They've said all along that
     they want to ensure a profit, a significant profit for their
     owners.  They're demanding something like a $10 million
     profit per year for each owner."  More Hunter: "I anticipate
     that by the first of January, if we have not reached an
     accord in some shorter period, the season will commence"
     (USA TODAY, 11/2).  In N.Y., Harvey Araton wrote that Hunter
     "won't be immune to what befell" former NBPA execs Simon
     Gourdine and Charles Grantham "if this goes on much longer." 
     Araton: "Hunter has to play his cards so that he doesn't put
     his less-leveraged players in the cash-strapped position to
     panic" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/1).
          DETAILS OF DEAL: On ESPN.com, David Aldridge outlined
     the framework of the deal and noted that a new rookie deal
     consisting of a four- or five-year contract, three or four
     years followed by a right-of-first-refusal year is a "big
     win for the owners."   A "big win" for the union is the
     increase in the minimum salary for veterans, which will
     "almost certainly" be at least $500,000, up from the current
     $272,000.  Aldridge added that how soon the two sides reach
     a deal "depends" on Stern and his negotiators: "How serious
     is the league about eliminating signing bonuses; about
     eliminating sign-and-trade deals; about eliminating its $25
     million annual licensing payment to the players; about
     keeping all future revenues developed for itself without
     sharing with the players?  All of those proposals are still
     in the air.  If the league quietly folds most of them ... a
     deal could be made within a fortnight" (ESPN.com, 11/1). 
     NBPA lead attorney Jeffrey Kessler, on the percentage of BRI
     directed toward players' salaries: "The numbers they're
     talking about, there will be no deal at 50 or 52 percent or
     anything close to that."  Kessler said a rollback from the
     current 57% of BRI "won't happen.  The players are not going
     to go backward" (NEWSDAY, 10/31).  In NJ, Dave D'Alessandro
     noted that the sides "must agree" on revenue sources "that
     are to comprise the BRI."  Magic C Danny Schayes "slammed
     the owners for hiding revenue streams."  But Stern said,
     "Our definition of BRI (is) ... to include everything,
     including the kitchen sink" (STAR-LEDGER, 11/1).  In N.Y.,
     Mitch Lawrence: "While the league has been haggling with
     players about paying them for any make-up games, all
     indications are that when there's a settlement, players will
     get their money.  As they should" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/1).

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