Will the NBA have Replacement Refs this Season?

Posted: 10th September 2009 by Busta Bucket in NBA
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This week has been less than productive for the negotiations between the NBA and its referees. On Tuesday negotiations took a turn for the worst, according to ESPN: The NBA's most recent contract with its 60-plus referees expired Sept. 1 and Tuesday's bargaining session in New York was called to an abrupt halt by commissioner David Stern, according to one source with knowledge of the talks. Apparently the league wants a 10% reduction in the referees' $32 million budget while the officials are proposing a $2.5 million decrease. So they are about $700,000 off, sounds to me like this should get done. Since the discussions on Tuesday there have been multiple opinions from both sides on the issue. Including the following from an interview Stern did with NBA TV on Tuesday night: "I think it woul ...

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