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NBA, union set to meet for second time

Associated Press / August 30, 2011

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NEW YORK - Two people with knowledge of the plans say the lead negotiators for the NBA owners and players will meet tomorrow for just the second time since the lockout began.

Commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, and San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, who leads the labor relations committee, will take part, as will players’ association executive director Billy Hunter and union president Derek Fisher of the Lakers, two people told the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because the talks are supposed to be confidential. The sides last met Aug. 1, exactly one month after the lockout was imposed.

Stern was disappointed by the players’ position and has said there must be progress by Labor Day. The sides remain far apart on numerous financial issues. Training camps are scheduled to start in October.

The NBA is said to be asking for significant cuts in player salaries as well as revenue sharing to help struggling franchises. The players offered to accept a cut of $500 million in salaries, a figure rejected by the owners.

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