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Union chief to fight locker-room cams

The head of the NBA players union last week vowed to fight league plans to increase the filming of players in locker rooms.

Billy Hunter said he plans to meet with top league officials about a new directive that teams allow television cameras in the locker room during halftime of nationally televised games.

"I think it interferes with the players' privacy and what they are trying to do," Hunter said.

The NBA and television partner NBC began the practice of microphoning coaches and referees on Christmas Day last year and recently started filming in locker rooms.

The NBA has no immediate plans to microphone players, said league official Gregg Winik, but will step up its efforts to microphone coaches. Coaches who refuse to wear the microphones will face substantial fines, he said.

— Liz Mullen

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