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Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 7:35 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

After leading 16 hours of NBA labor talks on Tuesday and more than eight hours of talks on Wednesday, federal mediator George Cohen issued his first -- albeit brief -- public comments to media members assembled in New York City.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Cohen "shed no new light on the status of talks. He emphasized importance of confidentiality."

Representatives for the league and its players did not comment on Wednesday but will meet again on Thursday, according to Cohen, with talks scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Here's video of Cohen's brief remarks.



NBA.com reported
that Cohen called the participants in the meeting "extremely focused on the issues" and that the talks have been "direct and constructive."

Yahoo! Sports reported that "progress was made on the BRI revenue split" according to two sources involved in the negotiations.

Berger reports that NBA commissioner David Stern left Wednesday's mediated session before its conclusion to attend to other league business. The NBA's owners are assembled in New York for Board of Governors meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.

Cohen met with both the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association on Monday in advance of Tuesday's mediation. Representatives for both sides refused to comment following Tuesday's negotiating session, which went into the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

The NBA and the NBPA have made little formal progress towards a new collective bargaining agreement since the league's owners locked out its players on July 1.
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Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

Who cares about the nba 99% of the players cant even spell their own name




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:51 am
 

Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

Very well thought out, however you are way off in one major area. Those 10-15 players , james, kobe, ect are the only  ones who should not give up money, they deserve 15, 20, 25, million a year as they are the ones everybody goes to see. It is the fat, lazy bench warmers making 5 million a year who should have their money cut, no one goes to see them. They will argue "hey i am half as good as kobe i should get half of what he makes". No you are a scrub who no one cares about you should get league min or go work at 7-11

Sure.  Maybe some NBA fans pay to see the star players you mentioned, I can't argue that point.  But what you're missing is the players you mentioned can and WILL be replaced over time with other star players that are going to come from exactly the same place these guys came from.  There are thousands of kids in colleges and highschools in the states and many more that play basketball overseas that are drafted in the NBA every year, just like today's NBA stars were drafted.  The game doesn't die if the players you mention retire, others come in and replace them.  Wilt Chamberlain left forever ago, the game survived.  Dr J left, the game survived.  Bird and Parrish left, the game survived. Magic and Isiah left, the game survived.  When James and Kobe leave, the game will once again still survive. 

The other thing you aren't recognizing is the players you mentioned need the NBA a whole lot more then the NBA needs them.  The James and Kobe's of the NBA make a fortune off the court, and the only reason they make a fortune off the court is because and only because they are NBA stars and the people that pay them get a lot of exposure.  Take Kobe off the Lakers and out of spotlight and nobody will pay him big dollars to represent their company and products for long.  These stars need the NBA to keep doing what they are doing off the court.

Finally, in the union world we are in what you suggested will never happen. These 10 or 15 players you mentioned only get 10 or 15 votes when it comes to a new CBA.  The rest of the "scrubs" as you call them get over 95 percent of the votes.... they overpower the Kobe's and James of the NBA.... it's not even close.   If anything the scrubs you're talking about can demand the top 10 or 15 get LESS money and share the wealth a little more or a deal doesn't get signed.  Don't think for a second Kobe is set financially so he wouldn't care.... he'll care and he'll care a lot.

These players are very very greedy... they can never make enough money. 


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Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:30 am
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Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:16 am
 

Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

Very well thought out, however you are way off in one major area. Those 10-15 players , james, kobe, ect are the only  ones who should not give up money, they deserve 15, 20, 25, million a year as they are the ones everybody goes to see. It is the fat, lazy bench warmers making 5 million a year who should have their money cut, no one goes to see them. They will argue "hey i am half as good as kobe i should get half of what he makes". No you are a scrub who no one cares about you should get league min or go work at 7-11



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:02 am
 

Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

BRI, revenue sharing, etc...are smokecreens to distract form the real problem... Players made well over $2 Billion just in salary last year, while the NBA lost $300 million. The "concessions" players have made, arguably reduces that loss to $100 million, but they refuse to discuss making up that difference. The NBA can't and won't operate at a $100 million loss, especially because of the REAL issues the union are holding onto- NO cap, and no reduction in "max" salaries...

$100 million/30 max salaries=$3.33 mil. each team, that is needed back from players just for the NBA to break even...easily done by reducing the max contract by that much. It only affects about 5% of the players, but they are the players the NBPA are holding ALL this up for. The LeBron's, Kobe's, etc..make many millions more in endorsements than they do their salary anyway. If these guys conceded $4 mil back, no other players in the NBA would lose a dime, and 90% of the reason for the lockout would be solved. 

It hasn't happened, because a couple of dozen players think they ARE the NBA, and demand guaranteed money regardless of who else loses, including the league and franchises that pay them, and the other NBPA members. Unfortunately, the union reps that are supposed to represent ALL the players, are proving they really only represent those that max contracts and / or salary caps would restrict.

If they can't agree on how the owners can make a profit, they need to redraw the agreement, and open camps for replacement players and thise NBPA members that are willing to play. Let the "stars" go elsewhere, retire, or invest in a lawsuit or a league of their own. Fans should think about all this before buying a jersey or a $200 pair of shoes, with one of these greedy slumdog millionaires name on them.




Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:33 am
 

Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

I blame the owners for the mess they are in.  The problem is because the owners want to win so bad, if they think a player is worth alot of money and they can afford it, they will pay it.  I don't have enough time to go into the econmics of all of this, but the bottom line is players salaries are killing all the sports. I would be alot happier if The Browns, The Indians and The Caviliers would leave the city.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:09 am
 

Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

all this talk is crap, CANCEL THE SEASON, start fresh next year, if ya can



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:44 am
 

Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

Wronskian of Wronskian Sports reports that sources close to the labor talks have mentioned that a new deal is imminent.   The players agree that the 100/0 split in favor of the players is a fair and equitable distribution of BRI.  The NBPA decided to press the issue that the fans come to watch the players and not watch the owners.  In exchange the owners decided to sell the franchises to the players at PMV.  In a surprise move the new league chose Bryant Gumbel as its commissioner and Billy Hunter was chosen as lead counsel.  In a related development, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are real and there really is a monster in every kid's closet.  There is also a magic pill that allows bald men to re-grow a full head of thick hair.
Please cancel the season. 



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:31 am
 

Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

I find odd that you say you don't care about basketball and it's a loser sports, when you read a basketball article and give your opinion.
Why do you find it odd?
Maybe he's following the story to see how it develops but doesn't care about whether the league survives? I'm partly in that boat.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Federal Mediator: NBA talks to continue Thursday

NBA  won't be gone for good, sometime in the future the dispute will end.

I find odd that you say you don't care about basketball and it's a loser sports, when you read a basketball article and give your opinion.


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