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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 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.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:23 pm

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Happy to see you know it all ! Wow maybe you should lead the talks..idiot

Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:18 pm

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Don't you know that the NFL scheduled all but the late game for Saturday, Christmas Eve?

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:17 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:05 pm

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Just saw on ESPN where DeShawn Stevenson was ripping Billy Hunter. Billy Hunter is a joke and so is Derek Fisher, they need to just be gone. It's apparant that there are some players truly just wanting to play basketball. Billy Hunter and his greed is definately 3/4 of the problem, the other 1/4 is Derek Fisher. And they have some players also wondering what the heck they are doing it sounds like. 

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:00 pm

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Good news. I'm a NFL'r but I do enjoy watching the NBA, their Portland specifically. With regard to the Christmas games even though the NFL is on there are people who prefer the NBA. 

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:47 pm

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

who cares. Scabs are funner to watch anyway. its like college on Steroids.

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:34 pm

Report: NBA, Players reopen labor talks

Why are they so bent and pressed to play on Christmas? Don't they know Christmas is on a Sunday this year? Don't they know that the NFL plays the majority of their games on Sundays? Don't they know that even if they performed their "Showcase" Christmas Day games that the ratings would be the worst in history? Waste of time. 

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