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Before Meeting, Union Shows Members What NBA Wants

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NEW YORK (AP)  Negotiators for NBA owners and players will likely meet again next week. And the league will have to offer something different to interest the players.

The union has been holding regional meetings, informing its members just how harsh it believes the owners’ proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement is. The league is seeking significant changes to the salary structure as a way to eliminate its losses, which it says totaled $300 million last season.

Players have balked at the demands, and players’ association vice president Maurice Evans of Washington says that when players are shown what the league wants, it “becomes so clear and evident that we cannot take this deal” – even at the risk of losing the season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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