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SBD/May 11, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Stern, Hunter Meeting Face-To-Face To Negotiate New NBA CBA
Published May 11, 2011
LOOKING FOR A BETTER DEAL: Fisher said that he "wasn't happy with the last proposal received from owners" about a week ago. Fisher: "Frankly, we're disappointed in the context of it." The owners "presented the players with their second offer in which they seek significant rollbacks in existing contracts, a hard salary cap and a larger share of the basketball-related income." The players are "willing to give ground on the 57% guarantee" of basketball-related income, but they "want to keep most parts of the current deal." Fisher said, "The goal is to get a deal done and not necessarily rush through it, but to try and get something done that will sustain us for the next several years to come." He added, "People have continued to support this game over the last few years in ways that you can't compare to any other time in pro basketball. I think the fans have spoken, obviously" (L.A. TIMES, 5/11).