Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said the summer-long talks with league management have yielded "no progress" and said there is an increasing likelihood of the second players strike in five years.

Bargaining units from the players union and the NFL Management Council, the league's negotiating arm, have met seven times in four different cities since exchanging opening proposals on April 20 in Washington in an effort to complete a new collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement runs out Aug. 31.

"We've gone almost completely through our proposal and gave them our positions and they've responded by basically saying 'No' to all our positions," Upshaw said in an interview with United Press International. "Basically, what they're saying is the present system is fine and why should we change it. We're saying the present system has to be changed, that it's not fair to the players."

Upshaw said he was not optimistic about progress before the collective bargaining agreement expires.

"We have no negotiations scheduled. There's no progress and I told them {the players} to get ready to buckle their chin straps," Upshaw said. "I think that every day that goes by the possibility of a strike increases" . . .

Contract talks between the NBA Players Association and the league have unofficially broken off, association head Larry Fleisher said. The two sides haven't met since July 15, and no new talks are scheduled, Fleisher told The Oregonian newspaper in a telephone interview. He said he saw no reason to return to the bargaining table because of the owners' position on player demands.

"Right now, they're unwilling to change the three major restraints to free agency that exist today," Fleisher said, referring to the salary cap, the right of first refusal and the NBA draft. "That's the reason we haven't been talking. There's no reason to talk at this time."

Russell Granik, executive vice president of the NBA, denied the owners haven't offered to change their stance on the three issues. "We've offered what we think are very substantial modifications in the system, but we're not willing to throw out the whole system," he said.