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Labor discussions between referees, NBA stall out

By staff reports
Posted Sep 9 2009 9:55PM

Negotiations between the NBA and its referees on a new labor contract stalled Tuesday without an agreement. Commissioner David Stern said additional discussions currently aren't planned.

The previous contract between the two sides expired Sept. 1.

"It would be accurate to say that we had the meeting, that we did not make any progress and that there are no further meetings scheduled," Stern said Tuesday night in an interview on NBA TV.

The breakdown in talks comes three weeks before the preseason opens Oct. 1 when Denver visits Utah. The last time the league and officials failed to reach a deal before games were played was 1995-96, when replacement refs were used for the first two months of the season.

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