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“We want to get the antitrust threat out of the bargaining.”

Gardephe did not immediately rule, but he questioned Mishkin at length and was skeptical of his arguments, saying at one point that the NBA lawsuit contained a “fair amount of speculation.”

The judge indicated that for all the talk of tangling, the two sides were speaking different languages. Gardephe said reading the written briefs prior to the hearing was like watching “two ships passing in the night.”

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AP Sports Writer Rachel Cohen contributed to this report.