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NBA 'STRIKE' GOES ON AS TALKS FAIL.

Byline: TREVOR BAXTER

TALKS aimed at ending the four-and-a-half month dispute between the NBA and its players have "completely broken down".

The row, which has seen the postponement of the start of the new season, is down to wrangling over a new collective bargaining agreement.

The players are seeking a minimum 52.5 per cent share of teams' basketball related income, but have indicated in recent days they would accept 51 per cent with an additional 1 per cent going to a fund for retired player benefits.

The league's current offer gives players between 49 per cent and 51 per cent.

During the current 'lockout' - started by owners on July 1 - teams cannot trade, sign or contact players, and players cannot access NBA team facilities, trainers or staffs. Further meetings were held yesterday to try and salvage some part of the season, most likely a 72-game one starting on December 15.

But players' association executive director Billy Hunter (above) said: "We're now prepared to file this anti-trust action against the NBA. The collective bargaining process has completely broken down."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2011
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