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NBA, Players Union To Hold Bargaining Session Tomorrow In N.Y.

Stern (l), Hunter Look To Make Progress On CBA With Latest Session Being Held Tomorrow

The NBA and the NBPA will hold a formal bargaining session for a new CBA tomorrow in N.Y., sources said. The NBA CBA expires on June 30, after which time the league can lock the players out (Liz Mullen, SportsBusiness Journal). In Denver, Chris Dempsey wrote outside of the Heat, the "biggest story of the new season" will be the new CBA and the “fact there isn’t one yet.” If a new agreement is not reached by the end of the season, a “work stoppage would be on the horizon” for the '11-12 season. Dempsey wrote, “What there doesn’t seem to be a lot of is fan interest. Just a bunch of yawns. It is in stark contrast to the NFL.” Has the NBA “built up enough good equity with the fans for them to care?” The quality of the product on the court is “as good as it has been in recent years, the star power is at a high level, and the league just provided one of the best Finals we’ve seen in a while." But Dempsey wondered, “Is any of that enough?” Nuggets coach George Karl said, “It could be the last stand -- let’s have a great year; let’s finish this off and put the best basketball ever played in the NBA on the court.” Dempsey noted a bargaining session held during the All-Star Game weekend in Dallas “was a bickerfest” and nothing was accomplished. The latest meeting last month in N.Y. "was better," but the NBPA has been "telling its players to make good financial decisions and prepare for no basketball just the same” (DENVER POST, 9/20).

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