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Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:43 pm
NEW YORK -- With rhetoric toned down and secrecy at a premium, top officials from the NBA and its players' union met Wednesday for more than five hours and emerged saying they've agreed on nothing except the next meeting.

After the second high-level bargaining session in as many weeks, the two sides will meet on consecutives days for the first time since the lockout was imposed July 1. Sticking to a mutual agreement not to charaterize the talks or divulge details, lead negotiators from both sides acknowledged that time was running out to get a deal that would avert a shortened or canceled season.

When asked if there was still time to achieve such a negotiating breakthrough, commissioner David Stern said, "Yes. We have three weeks."

With that, Stern dropped the first publicly acknowledged deadline for a deal to be reached without canceling at least a portion of training camps or preseason. Three weeks from Wednesday is Sept. 28, and training camps league-wide are scheduled to begin the first week of October.

Asked if there is still time to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement without missing regular season games, union chief Billy Hunter said, "I think there is. I think there clearly is. There's more than enough time."

In addition to the rosters of negotiators present at the most recent session on Aug. 31 -- Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver and Spurs owner Peter Holt for the owners, and Hunter, president Derek Fisher and general counsel Ron Klempner for the players -- other members of the negotiating teams were in the room Wednesday. The players brought outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler and economist Kevin Murphy, while  the league brought deputy general counsel Dan Rube. The presence of Rube, the leading expert on cap mechanics and player contracts at the league office, may have indicated a shift to more specific, system-related talks. But Stern tersely rejected the notion that Rube's presence was related to what topic areas were discussed.

The two sides will meet again Thursday, and possibly beyond, as the calendar continues its inexorable march toward the possible cancelation of preseason or even regular season games. 

"We agreed that we're going to sit here for as many days as we can to see if we're going to be able to make progress," Stern said. 

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:09 pm

Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

Who cares about the NBA?  Degenerate gamblers?  Unwed mothers?  We have the National Football League from September to February, college football overlaps with professional football; college basketball from November to April; and Major League Baseball from April to October (or September depending on NFL preference).  Why should any of us miss the NBA?  How many of you guys ever bought a ticket to a pro basketball game?  NFL game tickets and baseball tickets are much better buys.

As I watch this evening's game of Saints v. Packers, could a pro basketball game be this exciting?  No.  The only time slot that means anything in the NBA is the last five minutes of the fourth quarter.
The NBA can hang a "Closed for Business" sign outside of its offices because only sportswriters, thugs, gamblers, gang bangers and the one and done college players would miss the association.
When the NBPA and NBA meet again, they should agree to go their separate ways and hold a fire sale and invest those funds into buying a National Football League franchise.
Adios NBA.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:15 am

Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

but then what will LeDung and the miami stooges do?

Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:21 am

Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

They should tell all the players to go screw themselves and have fun playing in 3rd world countries for half of what they are making now and close up shop. See what the players say then. Players want to play chicken then play chicken. Lets be honest who wants to leave to a foreign-non english speaking-country for less money? I cant see half these guys living in china or turkey. Its one thing for tony parker to go back to france but a completely different thing for deron williams to do it. He doesnt even want to play in new jersey so go ahead, go play in turkey for the rest of your career.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:57 pm
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Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:30 pm

Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

Okay guys, get a deal done.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:08 pm

Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

It's funny to me, like has already been said...people on here slamming the NBA, yet on your profiles you have fave NBA teams...Sorry to break it you folks, you can be a fan of more than one sport at a time...will football get my attention on Sunday instead of an early afternoon ABC game? sure, doesn't mean I dislike basketball. I love it like I love baseball, or even hockey that it is on every night of the week, and I love staying up late watching the west coast games.

It will be very interesting to see all these downers of the game commenting on NBA articles when the season gets going..... Someone else said oh the NBA is exciting until February, well the same could be said that the NHL isn't exciting until Feb / March and MLB sucks until the end of the summer / September... real fans of sport love the game all around, from training camps to exhibition to opening your fave teams chasing a playoff spot. Even if your a fan of a team like the Raptors (like myself) it still can be very interesting to watch players grow and blossom and step into there roles.

If you don't like the game, don't watch it...have fun with your what? 5 months of football or so? Then you can go and watch Seinfeld & Two & A Half men re runs while I'm watching live sporting events.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:08 pm

Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

i want the nba to fail like the republicans want the government to fail.  i just wish i could assist in the nba failure as much as republicans are able to.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:58 pm

Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

The NBA season isn't a big deal until mid February...when football season is over.

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:49 pm

Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

Go ahead and make my day. Cancel the season and save us all.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:37 pm

Stern: 'Three weeks' to get a deal

I like the progress they can get the deal as long as they're no lawyers in the room

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