16 December 2017
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David Stern hopes to keep NBA labor dispute out of courts

CHICAGO (AP) — Commissioner David Stern hopes the NBA does not follow the NFL’s lead and keeps its labor dispute with the union out of the courts.

By Mike DiNovo, US Presswire
NBA commissioner David Stern, at left presenting the 2010-11 MVP trophy to Derrick Rose on Wednesday, said litigation is “not appropriate” to making a deal with players.

Stern said litigation is “not appropriate to making a deal.”

“We understand what a chaotic situation looks like, so we won’t need to give away the negotiating process to a process that is nowhere near as controlling,” he added.

All he has to do is look at the NFL, where locked-out players and owners are embroiled in a bitter dispute that’s playing out in court.

The NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, and Stern has made it clear the owners will lock out the players if a deal that gives them the financial relief they’re seeking can’t be reached.

The league sent a revised proposal for a new deal to the players last week, and ESPN.com reported Wednesday that they are balking, saying it’s too close to the original one they rejected in February 2010.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

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