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Nation & world: NBA labor negotiations to resume in lockout

September 7 Detroit Free Press

NBA players and owners will resume talks today, two people with knowledge of the plans said Tuesday. This comes a week after the sides vowed to meet more frequently in hopes of reaching a collective bargaining agreement.  The session will be the third between top negotiators since the lockout started July 1. With training camps scheduled to open in less than a month, both sides said they understand the urgency to pick up the pace.

Sources: NBA, union to meet again

September 6

Officials from the NBA and the players’ union will meet again Wednesday in New York City, according to sources close to the situation. The meeting will be only the third since the league locked out its players on July 1. But if Wednesday’s meeting is productive, sources said the sides are expected to pick up the pace and come together again Thursday and perhaps Friday.

NBA Lockout Update: Sides are closer than they’re saying

September 6

Here’s the dirty little secret about the NBA lockout, despite what both sides — the owners and the players — would have you believe:  They are a lot closer to a settlement than most people realize.  I know this because I talk regularly with a bunch of important people who tell me important things, and I am going to explain why I believe a settlement will be reached that will not only save the season, but also enable the NBA to have an “all is forgiven” honeymoon period (similar to what the NFL just experienced following its labor settlement) in which the frenzy of free agents signings, trades, training camps and exhibition games will make everyone forget all of the doomsday talk they’ve been hearing all summer.

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