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Sides looking to bring federal mediator back?

Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:35 pm

Posted by Royce Young

When labor negotiations fell apart two weeks ago after the two sides met with a federal mediator for a couple days, things didn't look good. Not just for the NBA, but the mediator George Cohen put out a statement that basically sounded like, "Those two are hopeless; I'm out."

But according to Yahoo! Sports, Cohen might be brought back, as early as this week. No meetings are currently scheduled but as we've seen, that can change in an instant.

Cohen left the talks two weeks ago when it became excedingly clear that the two sides just weren't going to be moving. His role was to facilitate the discussion and help locate a common ground. But he walked away when he started seeing just how stubborn and dug in the sides are.

With a new collective bargaining agreement close to done, Cohen could be something that helps push things through though. The hangup is still, as its always been, Basketball Related Income. And with the owners entrenched in their 50 percent or less position and the players dug in to 53 and no less position, something's got to give. And maybe Cohen can help them find that middle ground.

I wouldn't get my hopes too high for it, but it all starts with talking. And if Cohen's what gets them back in a room to do that, that's a minor victory.

Category: NBA

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:22 pm

Sides looking to bring federal mediator back?

He did such a good job the last time he was there.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:35 pm

Sides looking to bring federal mediator back?

Bring back the meidiator again so he can tell both sides to take a few years off. We can start a new NBA with the graduating class of 2013. Senior graduates only.

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:05 pm

Sides looking to bring federal mediator back?

owners are just being plain greedy. the players didn't ask for more money. or even a pay raise they wanted things to continue as they were. it's not their fault that these owners who are supposedly losing money can't make smart business deals. nobody told the knicks to sign all those bad contracts. draft smart and be savy in whom you wish to spend money on. be a model franchise like the spurs and then maybe you can make money. imagine you working at your job and your boss says we aren't doing well so you have to take a pay cut because of it. are you really gonna be ok with that?

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:35 pm

Sides looking to bring federal mediator back?

Players don't need to look for a mediator- they need to look in their wallet. The NBA needs another $100 million a year, BACK from players, for the NBA to break even. It's simple math the players don't seem to understand....They can split that $100 mil equally and take about a quarter of a million pay cut each, or reduce 30 max contracts by $3 million each...and everyone goes back to making millions. 

The problem is, the 30 max contract players have their hand up Hunter and Fishers back, and the puppets are only speaking for them...and those 30 players have all made enough money to wait forever. 

Owners aren't going to wait forever. The rank and file players-90% of the NBA rosters, can't wait forever either. AT some point, those two entities are going to have to come to an agreement, and get together to tell the NBA All-Star team, their agents, and their defacto pimps Hunter and Fisher, to take a cut, or take a hike, and go on without them. 

Maybe the mediator needs to remind the NBPA reps that "collective bargaining" is supposed to represent the best interests of the ENTIRE union, not just 30 of them.

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