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Refs reject NBA offer 57-0

Updated: September 17, 2009, 12:15 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

NBA referees voted 57-0 Wednesday night to reject a new labor agreement offer, saying they planned to present a counterproposal to the league Thursday.

The vote came about an hour before midnight CT at a meeting of the referees outside Chicago. Their labor pact expired Sept. 1, and the prospect of a lockout looms if a new agreement is not in place prior to the start of exhibition games Oct. 1.

"We are still meeting, we've been here since 4 p.m. and they [the referees] have decided ...

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