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Federal mediator Cohen will not continue with NBA

Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 8:38 pm
By Matt Moore

The FMCS released a statement on behalf of federal mediator George Cohen indicating that the two sides in the NBA-NBPA dispute are so far apart it does not warrant further mediation by the FMCS. 

Here is the statement.

NEW YORK, NY — “As a follow up to the NBA’s and NBA Players Association agreeing to my invitation to conduct negotiations under the auspices of the FMCS, three days of mediation have taken place.  During this period, a wide variety of issues were addressed in a professional, thoughtful manner, consistent with what one would expect to take place in a constructive collective bargaining setting.

Regrettably, however, the parties have not achieved an overall agreement, nor have they been able to resolve the strongly held, competing positions that separated them on core issues.


In these circumstances, after carefully reviewing all of the events that have transpired, it is the considered judgment of myself and Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh, who has been engaged with me throughout this process, that no useful purpose would be served by requesting the parties to continue the mediation process at this time.  For our part, the Agency has advised the parties that we will be willing and prepared to continue to facilitate any future discussions upon their mutual request.”

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:59 pm

Federal mediator Cohen will not continue with NBA

I agree. When there are those in this country that live paycheck to are a bunch of guys who cant figure out how to split billions of dollars. Really really sad!!

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:45 pm

Federal mediator Cohen will not continue with NBA

That's just sad.  Really it is.  When the mediator (!!!) walks out you know there are problems.  It seems that I mistakenly believed there would be a season, albiet shortend when in fact, there will not.  It's unbelievable that these two cannot come to their senses and make this work.

Billionaires vs Millionaires.  What a shame.  Oh, wait... that's what America is all about.  Get as much money as you can whether your need it or not.  Civility be damned.  Loyalty be damned.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:40 pm

Federal mediator Cohen will not continue with NBA

If there were never another nba game, great. got better things to do with  my time.


Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:33 pm

Federal mediator Cohen will not continue with NBA

NBA players make way too much money.  Compared to NFL or MLB players they are way overpaid.  Just because there are fewer people on the team doesn't mean marginal players should make $14 million a year.  

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