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NBA, union meet with federal mediator

Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:09 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 9:50 pm
NEW YORK -- Federal mediator George Cohen met separately with executives and legal staff from both the NBA and its players' association Monday, a prelude to a crucial bargaining session he will oversee with time running out to avoid losing a subtantial portion of the season to the lockout.

Cohen, director of the federal mediation and conciliation service, and deputy director Scot Beckenbaugh met with NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and legal staff for about 2 1-2 hours at the union's headquarters in Harlem. Sources also confirmed that league executives and lawyers met with the mediators at NBA headquarters.

The separate meetings set the stage for a bargaining session Tuesday in Manhattan under the supervision of Cohen, a respected presidental appointee and the top federal mediator in the country. During appearances on various media outlets late last week, commissioner David Stern said if the two sides weren't close to a deal by the time his owners convened in New York for meetings Wednesday and Thursday, his "gut" feeling was that games eventually would be canceled through Christmas.

 "I really think David wants to go present his owners with something on Wednesday," a person familiar with the process told

On Wednesday, the league's planning committee -- headed by Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck -- is expected to present a revenue sharing plan to the full Board of Governors. The labor relations committee, headed by Spurs owner Peter Holt, will report on the progress -- or lack thereof -- on negotiations with the players. The issues of revenue sharing and collective bargaining have always gone hand-in-hand, and they will be inexorably linked this week in New York.

If there is no collective bargaining agreement soon, there will be no revenue to share.

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:15 pm

NBA, union meet with federal mediator

What an idiotic comment.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:56 am

NBA, union meet with federal mediator

It's too bad we don't have somebody to represent the fans all across the country in the room when these guys get together again. I beleive the majority sentiment of fans right now is one of disguse and anger. These guys are either delussional or in denial. They are banking on the fact that most fans will welcome then back with open arms and of course in the end the fans will come back. But they may be underestimating the money they will lose this year not only in games but the number of borderline fans that may never come back. It took baseball years to recover after the thier last lockout and if they don't get it done this week I see the same for basketball.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:20 am

NBA, union meet with federal mediator

Nice post lee3022.  Eloquently stated.  At 51, I can't remember a time when I wasn't an NBA fan.  From my earliest childhood memories, I've watched the NBA and have been a Lakers fan.  This is the first time, I can remember, ever thinking that I don't care if the NBA goes away.  Even during the '98 lockout, I hoped sides would work out their issues as quickly as possible so the games would continue.  This time, however, I'm absolutely disgusted by the arrogance, pride and greed being exhibited by both the owners and players.  It's a travesty to see these people who live such pampered extravgant lifestyles argue over percentage points of billions of dollars; while so many people are without jobs, are standing in food lines, and are losing their homes.  It's shameful; undeniably shameful.  I hope the NBA just goes away.  I hope the players are all forced to go get real jobs (maybe you should have stayed in college afterall).  I hope the value of the NBA franchises drops faster than Black Monday on the stock market and they lose their shirts.  I hope they all feel real pain and despair; just like they're causing all us fans and the people who actually EARN a living supporting this sport.  I'm pretty sure that won't happen, but regardless of the outcome, I won't forget this.  I'm no longer a fan of the NBA.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 4:07 am

NBA, union meet with federal mediator

Cancle it.  I won't miss it.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:26 pm

NBA, union meet with federal mediator

It is very interesting to see how the tenor of comments have changed over the past six months. Most fans seem to get that players employees are working for an average of $5M per year and asked to work for $4.5M a year all for about ~50 hours of court time each year (actually 54 hours @40 min per game.) And most seem really incredulous that the players are unwilling to work for this while 20 million fellow citizens are unemployed.

Perspective is hard to gain when you are a pampered NBA player. Charter luxury aircraft, 5-star hotels, hundreds of dollars in per diem money for food, luxury locker rooms, trainers and coaches at beck and call. I suppose we all want more than we have but really, is it worth not playing and losing a whole season? Especially since the offer they likely will agree to next summer will be far less than they have been offered with the loss of billions in revenue to make up. Are the owners without fault? No, any group that employs David Stern is complicit in the process. But they are entitled not to lose money from their businesses year after year. This year it is also the fans that are losing the games.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:09 pm

NBA, union meet with federal mediator

Cancel the darn season already. Gangsters want the majority of the financial pie when they can barely sign their name. Cancel and force them to take their weed in the trunk, loaded gun in the backseat and go back to pumping gas. Many college kids will jump at getting 50-50 NBA money. They bums think they will be missed. They couldn't be further from the truth...

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:46 pm

NBA, union meet with federal mediator

Why bargain!  the players obviously are business savvy enough to run there own league, they've said so themselves!  If the players are that naive enough (i know, big stretch) to think that the the guys that pay there salary, pay the people to look after there medical issues, hire people to set set all of there travel arraingements, and bring together fifteen thousand + "FANS" while paying for all the parking attendants/ticket collectors/vendors/security and insurance companies in case any of the folks i just mentioned screw up just to watch these premadonnas cry, whine, and showboat while working for 2 hours...where an i going with this?  oh yeah, take the 50/50 split and be happy you have people willing to bend over backwards to watch you put a ball through the iron.

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