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NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter Denies Report Of Rift With Derek Fisher
Published October 31, 2011
No meeting is scheduled between the league and union, but the "pattern suggests the sides will reconvene this week." They are also scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court "to argue the merits of the NBA's complaint" against the NBPA (USA TODAY, 10/31). It is "almost certain they will return to the bargaining table sometime this week." And "when they do, the final, massive hurdle will be the split of revenue" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/31).
A labor deal “is practically done.” The agreement, “in practical terms, is about 95 percent complete.” But it is the last 5% “that is ruining the prospects for labor peace and gradually eroding the NBA season” (N.Y. TIMES, 10/31). This comes after the breakdown of talks on Friday, a day after "both sides expressed optimism they were close to an agreement." NBA Commissioner David Stern: "It's not practical, possible or prudent to have a full season now" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/28).