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Collective bargaining talks scheduled for next week

Updated: May 10, 2005, 12:46 AM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- NBA commissioner David Stern called the NHL labor impasse "very sad" and said he was hopeful there will be progress in meetings next week on a new collective bargaining agreement in professional basketball.

Stern, speaking before Game 1 of the Phoenix-Dallas Western Conference semifinal series, said he talks regularly with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, a former top official in the NBA.

"I have a great deal of empathy for him," Stern said, "because in 1998 we needed a system ...

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