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Reports: Federal Mediator won't rejoin NBA talks

Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:06 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 8:13 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. 

Two weeks ago, Federal mediator George Cohen agreed to oversee more than 24 hours of negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association in hopes of ending the ongoing NBA lockout. He was not successful, throwing up his hands and bailing after talks broke down. "No useful purpose would be served by requesting the parties to continue the mediation process at this time," Cohen said in a prepared statement upon his depature.  

Apparently, Cohen still sees no useful purpose in his presence. 

Reports broke earlier this week that Cohen might re-enter the NBA's labor quagmire, but multiple reports on Tuesday indicate that will not happen.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that it "looks like the federal mediator will not be rejoining NBA labor talks. Nor are any (non-mediated) talks scheduled." reported that Cohen's decision came after he conferred with both sides: "Source says federal mediator George Cohen spoke with both NBA and NBPA officials about another joint session but it will not be happening. No new meetings scheduled."

How to read this? The glass if half full approach would argue that a mediator is unnecessary because compromises have been forged on so many of the system issues and that the two sides, after a pretty active negotiating period, have a clear understanding of each other's positions. The glass is half empty approach would argue that a mediator who listened to the two sides state their respective cases for their stances on the revenue split might reasonably conclude that he would be wasting his time by showing up unless one, if not both, sides indicates to him they are willing to make a substantial move.

In that vein, Ken Berger of wrote on Tuesday that the lockout won't ever be resolved by a mediator. Rather, an agreement will only come from the two central figures: NBA commissioner David Stern and NBPA executive director Billy Hunter. 
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:29 am

Reports: Federal Mediator won't rejoin NBA talks

He's right, he can't help.

The problem is SIMPLE....always has been.

Owners have overpaid players-predominantly the max contract players- about $300 million a year more than the NBA profit margin. They'll continue to lose money if salaries stay where they are, and lose more if salaries increase. The players concessions amount to $200 mil a year...the NBA HAS to have another $100 mil/yr from the players, and the players refuse. The NBA will not, CAN not operate under a hundred million /yr. loss anymore....Welcome to the real world, no other business (other than our Government) would either. 

It's 3rd grade math the players don't need a Federal Mediator to resolve for them. It's why it only took 1 day for the mediator to give up.

The additional NBPA pay cut amounts to less than $300K/yr. per player, who average $5 million a year...if they prefer, more "justice" would be served by reducing ONLY the 30 max contracts by $3 million a year (these players make FAR more money in endorsements than this anyway), and no one else in the NBA would lose a dime....None of these guys will have to get a 2nd job to make up for the cut.

The average $5 mil/yr. player loses about $61,000 a game for every game they don't play...that's about 5 games before they start losing MORE than the $300K/yr cut they have to give up so the NBA can go back to work, at least breaking even. Max contract players lose about $200K a GAME. 

There is no other option- salaries are coming down, or they won't play. How stupid do you have to be, not to realize that ? As stupid as the NBPA has been so far, anyway. 

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:10 am

Reports: Federal Mediator won't rejoin NBA talks

The players forget that their job is to put a ball in a hoop.  they are paid millions ( i mean were being paid millions)  to do this.  The owner's job is to run their business.  Are the players that ignorant to realize that if the boss's are not happy with the way their business is operating, they make cuts.  The owners have other interests that are much more valuable than a nba team.  As far as I am concerned, the crybaby players can co to Europe and play or anywhere else.  

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:03 am

Reports: Federal Mediator won't rejoin NBA talks

Yeah, Cohen's like, "Fk this!!!"

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