Jewish World Review April 11, 2003 / 9 Nisan, 5763
A blueprint for future NBA bargaining?
David Stern has challenged the Women's National Basketball
Association players to come up with a new collective bargaining
agreement by April 18 or he will shut down the season.
WNBA players want pay
raises and free agency. The NBA has lost money on the endeavor
and wants to hold the salaries down and that's where the
negotiations stand. But don't think Stern's challenge is just for
WNBA consumption only.
The same people negotiating for the both the NBA and the WNBA
players will be back at the table when the NBA players and
owners contract ends either in 2004 or 2005.
want to hold down salaries, impose an age minimum for those
entering the NBA and look for givebacks. Stern will have
options. ESPN will not only pay NBA rights fees if the clubs
lockout their players, but will also cablecast replacement
Cable subscribers money could be going to support a
labor lockout. Those negotiations may be separate from the
WNBA negotiations but are related and could be a
blueprint for future NBA bargaining.
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
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