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NBA Owners Plan To Submit Revised CBA Proposal To Players By Friday
Published April 27, 2011
OMINOUS SIGNS? In L.A., Mike Bresnahan reports the Lakers "will not offer new contracts to about 20 key employees on their player-personnel side, planning to go into the looming NBA lockout with skeleton crews in several branches of the franchise." On Monday, "both members of their video department were told they would not receive contracts after this season." Last weekend, four of five members on the training staff "were told the same thing." Most, "if not all, of the Lakers' scouting staff (about six employees) will not be retained after their contracts expire" (L.A. TIMES, 4/27). USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt writes the "impact of a labor stoppage is mounting" in the NBA. Some NBA head coaches and assistants, "especially those hired in the past year or two, have lockout language in their contracts that potentially could prevent them from getting paid." In addition, the league "did not schedule 2011-12 preseason games in Europe or Asia." Many of the NBA's "big-name international players" are scheduled to play in Olympic-qualifying tournaments this summer, though that "could be in jeopardy if national teams don't have access to the NBA's insurance broker during a lockout" (USA TODAY, 4/27).