Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, team president Frank Layden and general manager Tim Howells were not available to comment on the Dallas Morning News report that NBA owners will vote Monday to void its collective bargaining agreement with the players union. Such action could lead to a work stoppage when the current agreement expires July 1.
A team spokesman said the Jazz officials were out of town. And even if they weren't, it's unlikely any of them would comment. The NBA has imposed a gag order which prevents teams from discussing labor relations with the media.NBA commissioner David Stern has threatened clubs with a $1 million penalty if they disobey the request. Miller and former Jazz team president Dave Checketts of the New York Knicks were among nine Stern appointees to a labor relations committee charged with studying the situation. The Dallas Morning News said the group strongly endorses voiding the current pact. A simple majority (15 of the 29 teams) is all that is needed.