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NBA labor dispute faces decertification threat, deadline for negotiations

The league and the union remain deadlocked after a weekend of discussions

After another long round of labor negotiations, NBA Commissioner David Stern tried to get things moving Sunday by issuing an ultimatum and a deadline for the deals to end.

Stern announced a deal must be reached by Wednesday. The union must accept the league’s proposal of a 50-50 revenue split and new restrictions on free agency and team payrolls, or risk having to take only 47 percent of the revenue for players, along with a hard salary cap, as a substitute.

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