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Report: NBA, players to meet next week?

Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 7:18 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Pro-tip: Any time a negotiation ends with one party standing up on national television to call the other party a liar and the federal mediator apppointed to oversee things issues a "hands in the air" press release as he sneaks out the side door, that's a failed negotiation.

The NBA's labor negotiations reached rock bottom when National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher didn't mince words, accusing representatives of the NBA's owners of lying in their depiction of labor talks that broke down on Thursday.

The New York Times reported Friday that, although everything looks terribly bleak, the two sides could re-engage communication as early as this weekend.
“It could be tougher than it has been in the past to get back together,” Peter Holt, the chairman of the league’s labor-relations committee, said Thursday night.

Yet on Friday, people on both sides of the divide, speaking off the record, predicted there would be a phone call or two over the weekend and probably another meeting next week. That has been the pattern all month: every dramatic breakdown followed by a brief silence and then a surprising resumption of talks.

In many respects, the parties are exactly where they were two weeks ago, when union officials angrily accused the league of “setting preconditions” — i.e. acceptance of a 50-50 split — for any further talks. Two days later, they were back at the bargaining table.
The big question here: Can we get an injury report on NBA commissioner David Stern? Stern, who called in sick to Thursday's negotiations that eventually went up in flames, hasn't emerged yet emerged to put the pieces back together. The possibility of further regular season game cancellations looms, so perhaps we'll be hearing from him soon?

Certainly, the vast majority of NBA observers have to be hoping that Stern's return comes with news of negotiation reconciliation, and not solely the bad news of a further delay to the start of the 2011-2012 season.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:48 pm

Report: NBA, players to meet next week?

Nice job Lee.  The bottom line is that neither side realizes just how much damage they are doing to the NBA.  You thought baseball had a hard time bouncing back waith til they see this!  It's a shame, I love basketball and the NBA.  I'll still watch, from home.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:33 pm

Report: NBA, players to meet next week?

The NBA Lockout is far more entertaining than the NBA ever was, they need to keep this going. I'm hooked. Barely literate millionaire ahtletes being schooled by billionaires rocks! I would much rather read about this than watch a bunch of no-hustling traveling tattooed freaks mug for the cameras and beat their chests. Yay owners!

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:26 pm

Report: NBA, players to meet next week?

Same old, same old. The owners setting a boundary (which happens to be barely below breakeven) that they will not cross. The players (calling the owners greedy) demanding more of their entitlement than the owners can give. The negotiator has done his job well. In only three days he has enabled both sides to determine the other will not cross a line removed from their own line. And that is on at least two separate issues - the BRI split and the cap/exception system.

This has nothing to do with commissioner Stern being sick. He does not make the decisions for the owners. The entire labor committee was there last week to make their own decisions. It is curious why the players feel the need to call their owners names such as liar. Both sides have stretched the truth in presenting their side without fairly stating the other's positions. Would you expect anything else? The players are losing badly in every area. They are losing to the owners, who have far more leverage. They are losing to the fans, who have mostly turned on them to challenge their greed over being unwilling to work for $4.2M average per year while much of the country is unemployed. The media has mostly sided with the players and thus has lost whatever small credibility they might once have had with the fans. The fans have tuned out most of the garbage and are looking forward to college basketball. Same old, same old.

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