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Legal case from 1970 revisted

Updated: September 6, 2012, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NBA asked a Manhattan judge on Thursday to side with the league in a legal battle with origins in the bygone era of short shorts, low-top sneakers and big Afros.

The dispute stems from a sweetheart deal that's enjoyed by the former owners of a defunct American Basketball Association team -- and despised by current owners of four NBA franchises.

It all began in 1970, when future legends like Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek and Bill Bradley filed an antitrust lawsuit ...

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