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June 30 New York Times:
About two weeks after celebrating an electric championship series and a revitalizing season, the N.B.A. is shutting down — perhaps for a very long time. Negotiators for the owners and the players union made a final attempt to broker a new labor deal Thursday afternoon, but they separated after three hours without an agreement to bridge a gap of several billion dollars.
June 30 Camden Courier-Post:
Doug Collins will return tonight from Los Angeles after a whirlwind week of flying across the country to meet with his players to discuss training regimens and to once again pledge his love and support. The Sixers coach might not speak with them again for several months. If the NBA owners lock out the players beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, or sometime shortly thereafter, expect a long and drawn-out stalemate.
June 30 Washington Post:
Just weeks after the conclusion of a season that featured riveting story lines and soaring interest, the NBA is about to become the second professional sports league since March to shut down operations because its players and owners can’t agree on how to divide league revenue. If a deal isn’t reached during an 11th-hour negotiating session Thursday, the NBA is expected to lock players out of team facilities in an attempt to force their hand in collective bargaining negotiations, following the lead of NFL owners who imposed a lockout 15 weeks ago.
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