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NBA BOG meeting to focus on CBA talks and NBA TV

The NBA’s board of governors will meet this week in New York where owners will hear an update of the league’s interest in negotiating a new collective-bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Players Association.

Also on the agenda for the owners who will gather April 16-17 at the St. Regis Hotel is a review of the league’s business during the 2008-09 season as well as an update on NBA China.

Discussions will likely also include a briefing on the league’s efforts to move its NBA TV cable programming off a sports tier to a basic cable tier. The NBA has been expected to complete deals with Comcast and other cable operators to broaden NBA TV’s television reach.

The owners meeting will be the first under newly appointed BOG chairman Glen Taylor, the Minnesota Timberwolves owner who replaced Miami Heat owner Micky Arison as chairman this year.

Owners will be particularly interested in the status of any ongoing talks between NBA Commissioner David Stern and Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBPA.

During the All-Star Weekend in Phoenix in February, Stern said he and Hunter would consider meeting to discuss changes to the CBA as both sides address the impact of the recession on the league.

The NBA and the union signed a six-year collective-bargaining agreement that runs through the 2010-11 season. But with the salary cap, set this year at $58.7 million, at risk to drop this season due to the possibility of declining revenue, Stern and Hunter have acknowledged mutual interest to begin discussions on a new CBA.

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