Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  30 responses

Little Progress Made After 16 Hours of Mediation

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Unfortunately for the pack of sleep-deprived journalists camped out at the hotel where NBA labor talks are taking place (and their Twitter followers waiting for updates with bated breath), federal mediator George Cohen issued a gag order on reps for the NBA players’ union and team owners following a marathon, 16-hour labor meeting yesterday in New York City.

So, without official confirmation from either side of the labor fight, reporters asked their trusted sources for some insight into the talks.

Not too shockingly, it doesn’t sound as though we’re that much closer to a deal.

From CBS Sports:

“Nothing has been agreed to,” said a person who was briefed on the talks. “There was nothing to say.” Negotiators rehashed the issues they’ve been wrestling with for more than two years, with the difference being that Cohen, according to a source, “took the emotion out of it.” No topics were excluded from the mediation session, including the biggest obstacles in the way of a deal — the split of revenues and a revised luxury tax system that would replace the hard team salary cap owners long sought in their efforts to achieve parity and competitive balance.

Cohen, a presidential appointee and the top federal mediator in the country, was at least able to do something that the two sides had been unable to do during a recent flurry of negotiations: focus on bridging the gap between them as opposed to concentrating on their own, still widely divergent positions, a source said. At one point late into the night, it was decided that the two sides needed to come back later Wednesday — a session that is expected to decide whether the change of format and removal of emotion will yield movement in each side’s position. A person with knowledge of the talks described Tuesday’s session as laying the “building blocks” for Wednesday. Both sides clearly realized it was time to make a deal, but neither was ready to do it in this — by far the longest — bargaining session of the 3 1-2 month lockout.

Talks will resume this morning under George Cohen’s supervision, and team owners have their own meetings scheduled later today and Thursday (to discuss, mainly, new revenue-sharing models.)

As always, stay tuned …

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • J.C.

    What else is left to try…? This doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.

    Also, bated* breath, lrn2journalist.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    how can you do ANYTHING for 16 hours?!

  • http://360special.blogspot.com dev0

    read this as 16 hours of meditation and thought we’d moved on to spiritual appeals to #endthelockout
    and still wasn’t surprised…

  • ghettablaster

    same news every day…

  • Morgan

    @lights out – it isn’t easy, but there are soldiers and surgeons/nurses that do 16 hours+ of something all over the world.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ


  • johnson

    Made a little progress in high school doesn’t mean ima get a 95 lol

  • angus

    16 hours of basically saying no to the other side? cmon guys

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose


  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Cohen to the rescue, deliver the goods my man. NBA back by the end of the week! 82 games!

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel#2

    16 Hours of blah blah blah…who stays up for 2 hours of this talks? it’s the same crap over and over…neither party wants to bend over…cohen should ask dennis rodman what needs to be done here!

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Hey at least the guy took emotion out of the talks because that seemed to be the block standing in the way, everyone was feeling themselves a little too much, so hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

  • http://www.tumblr.com arthurissupreme

    a big reason for this lockout is giving players money they’re not worth. Owners and management take care of players and their contracts so essentially it’s their fault. KD was right

  • http://www.ballislife.com Double J

    Somebody needs to freeze the caveman again, dudes getting annoying.

  • Kilo


  • Kilo

    Sorry whoops. What is the controversy? It true we all know it, that is why the players better not fold.

  • robb

    this is beyond depressing…

  • bike

    What actually happened during those 16 hours
    Was a pizza and hooker party
    And the players and owners laughed and laughed and laughed
    Becuase they paid for the hookers and pizza with BRI money
    Pizza delivery got 52 percent and the hookers got 48
    So the hookers got screwed
    And promptly staged a *ockout.

  • TR

    Greedy, megalomaniacal people on both sides of the table. Arenas and facilities built too big, league expanded too much. Exactly the same is happening in European football. Later, NBA.

  • bull22

    unfrozen caveman lawyer made a good observation. that is gangster posturing
    meant to intimidate someone into giving them what they want. its embarrassing to see grown men like that acting this way… no respect for that type of nonsense.

  • Ivo.L

    well 16hrs it’s better than nothing lol….

  • Hart


  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Poor David Aldridge. His frustration shows more on tv with every passing minute of this farce.
    He’ll drop an F-Bomb if they keep this up.

  • ghettablaster

    It’s funny to see KG & Paul Pierce behind Derek Fisher

  • David

    sorry – are you saying “boo” or “boo-urns”?

  • Jeremy

    @bull22 You got some racial issues I see You pop off that BS on every post

    “gangster posturing”?

    Would you say that to KG’s Face?

    Not at all because you a coward

  • http://twitter.com/#!/MichaelJR_NZ Michael NZ

    Idiots. All of them. No exceptions. Also: zzzzzzz

  • Hambone

    What’s the deal with pp and garnett in that pic? Was fat Joe’s lean back playin in the background?