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NBA's CBA talks get underway

Updated: August 5, 2009, 1:38 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The countdown to the next NBA lockout began in a way Tuesday, with commissioner David Stern and a group of 10 team owners making it abundantly clear that they will not extend the current labor deal into the 2011-12 season.

The owners met with players' union representatives for nearly 3½ hours at a Manhattan hotel in the first formal round of collective bargaining talks toward the next NBA labor agreement.

The current deal will run for two more seasons, and the owners ...

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