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Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 5:44 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Someone finally picked up the phone.

After multiple days spent wondering which side would make the first move to reopen ongoing labor negotiations, Yahoo Sports reports that the NBA and its players have reportedly commenced communicating again for the first time in more than a week.
NBA and players resumed talks on Tuesday to try and end the lockout before the cancellation of Christmas games, two sources told Y! Sports. Talks were expected to continue today, sources said, and one league source tells Y!: "We should know more by later this evening." Derek Fisher isn't a part of the talks now, sources say. 
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed the talks.

Newsday reported that NBA spokesperson Tim Frank would not confirm or deny that talks were taking place, stating only that the league "remains in favor of a negotiated resolution."

The New York Times reported that a 66-game regular season schedule, with games beginning on Christmas, is still feasible. 

The last talks between the two sides occurred on Nov. 11, when the NBA submitted a proposal to the players that would have allowed for a 72-game season. Since then, talks stalled completely after the players responded to the proposal by disbanding the National Basketball Players Association and filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league. As the NBPA no longer exists, talks between representatives of the NBA and its players are now an antitrust lawsuit settlement discussion rather than collective bargaining negotiations.

As recently as on Monday, players attorney David Boies said that calling the NBA would be a "waste of time" because he felt the league has "no interest in talking," statements the NBA immediately disputed through a spokesperson.

But Berger reported on Tuesday that Jim Quinn, a deal-maker with ties to both NBA commissioner David Stern and the league, had offered to help get the dialogue going. Also on Tuesday, former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said that a judge could appoint a mediator to oversee negotiations as early as next week.

Salvaging the NBA's showcase Christmas Day games would likely require a deal to be agreed in principle by Friday, as the NBA has said it needs a full month of preparation time to launch a season. On Nov. 15, the NBA officially cancelled all games through Dec. 15.
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likemetodo
Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:01 pm
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Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:20 am
 

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

you obviously don't know.  nfl never plays more than 1 game on christmas.

majority of games that week are saturday.

only game is GNB vs. CHI


It would be a great thing to have the NBA back on Christmas day.  Very smart decision to start talks back up and hopefully get deal done. Christmas without Lakers would be boring. Ratings would be higher than any previous year.


i guess the waste of time here was making people read your ignorant post.





Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

apsolutely don't care anymore....all the passion for this league is gone for good.



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Any chance I get to rip on the NBA I'm going to so this post is a bit about nothing .... other than I hate the NBA



Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Well, this is something anyone could have expected. At one point, it seemed like the season was lost, and now talks are starting again. But... We will see what these round of talks will bring. At this moment, I simply can't imagine that they agree on a deal on friday. It just seems too fast...

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Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

This is GREAT news!  All you grinches, just take a holiday break please. Laughing 


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Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:52 pm
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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Seems like more BS reports by CBS. No other reputable site is reporting this, and didn't the Players Union disband making it so that they can't negotiate? Any talks therefore are about legal business, not about the CBA. There's pretty much no way it will be done by this Friday, and that's a good thing. The NBA system is completely broken, they need to stop trying to rush negotiations simply to get games out and make $$$.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Merrien, I'm a NFL'r to but also glad to see the news. The only football game I'd watch is Bears vs. Packers but I'd like to see some of the Lakers, Bulls, and some other showcase games with good teams. I love basketball and college will be taken a few days break so NBA would be appreciated if the idiot player's union actually shows some intelligence for once.



Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Who cares!!!! As a fan of all major sports and an NBA watcher I have to honestly say i haven't missed it a bit. I'm enjoying watching all the real BB (NCAA) I can. Go away NBA, this ex-fan doesn't care! P.S. all the players can go enjoy playing in Turkey, China or wherever!


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