Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  34 responses

Report: NBA Labor Talks to Resume Wednesday

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The good news is that the NBA hasn’t cancelled any more games, as previously feared. Not yet, anyway.

Even better, the owners and players are set to resume negotiations today in New York, according to several media reports.

Newsday has the details:

The NBA and its players union will go back to the negotiating table Wednesday for yet another attempt to resolve their differences in collective bargaining and end the four-month lockout. A person with knowledge of the situation told Newsday that the sides will get together in Manhattan to resume talks that broke down last Thursday after three days of mediation. It is not known if the NBA has dropped its precondition that the union agree to a 50-50 split of league revenue, which was what union executive director Billy Hunter said led to the owners abruptly ending what had been viewed as constructive talks presided over by federal mediator George Cohen.

The source said Cohen, who issued a terse statement of surrender after mediation failed last week, will not re-join the parties Wednesday. But commissioner David Stern, who missed last Thursday’s talks because of the flu, is expected back at the table. A league official said Stern was home through the weekend, but returned to his office Monday.

It’s important to remember that cancelling any more games at this point is an exercise in futility; the schedule as originally conceived is now completely worthless.

Assuming (foolishly, perhaps) that these renewed talks between the two sides lead to a deal soon, it will be interesting to see if the League can manage to somehow still squeeze in an 82-game season.

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  • http://Zogs.ca Zogs

    These are getting really dull and repetitive…we need to start a new debate…
    LeBron or Kobe? Lol

  • Kilo

    Hopefully the owners will come to there senses and we can get this season started.

  • mike

    who cares

  • Kilo

    More like Kobe or DRose. Lebron lost this debate when he made “The Decison”. Kobe is still the best.

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



    Here we go again, just like in the movie Groundhog Day. I am already prepared for negotiations to fall apart again with another announcement of cancelled games.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Damn right Kilo. He also lost that debate with tha way he played in tha finals. Its always been clear cut to me since day one thou. Kobe all day

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Make it happen hunter !! oh… and LeBron is the best in the league.

  • CubicleWorker

    Caveman, you’re right, many NBA players earn multi-million dollar endorsement deals that would push the split to 48-52 for the players

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Smh @ GP23

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Are we there yet?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Smdh @ Tae…
    U can’t say didn’t you see what Lebron did in the finals and than say Kobe’s better because he got swept.

  • EtheKnickfan

    Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results…Isn’t that the definition of insanity?


    that douche stephen a just said on espn that there might be a deal within a week. I so hope he is right. and between lbj and Kobe, which 1 is their prime?

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Smh @ Tae

  • jayb

    lets hope we get this done and there is a break through! players go to 51-50 no hard cap and small market vs big market the small market gets a larger piece of the pie..most big markets have their own tv deals. dream team tour sunday…can we squeeze in an 82 game..just start the playoofs around april 25 instead of april 17 and shorten time between games in first round..sounds fair to me..how many preseason do we need anyways??

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    @ Max lol yea but he’s still better individually than Lebron. And smh @ GP23 again. Lol let me stop

  • 23

    I am a huge lebron fan, and I will admit his late game performance must be improved. However, its amazing how many times he has not been in close games, because he does his best work in the first half of games. But in the playoffs close games are expected so he does need to improve that. Other than that, where else is his game weak? He’s improved his midrange, 3 ball, free throws. And he’s been working on his post up. And his driving ability and playmaking vision is still there. Amazing how hatred can blind some people.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Please reach an agreement.

  • T-Money

    cublice: basketball related income is not total revenue. that’s why 50-50 on the bri is not an equal split.

  • Kilo

    Kobe got 5 rings and Lebron has a long history of choking. Kobe is a well documented in the cluch. Kobe a better shooter, a more consitent defender, better body conrtol has worked to refine his game, and understands the nuances of the leauge and his offense like a head coach.
    @23 If you put Kobe in the same situations that Lebron was in during his time in Cleveland, the Cavilers cop a couple of rings. That is the truth. I’m a Bron fan to, it’s just the truth.

  • Kilo

    The owners are trying to screw the players. Jason Whitlock talked to Steve Nash and Grant Hill about it. It was a pretty good story. Foxsports.com

  • VanCityBBall

    so that means a deal will be released by thursday?

  • Kilo

    F****** comupter won’t let me put the link up.

  • Shecky Shabazz

    Gave up a week ago…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RevcwSUnpxk&feature=related Shecky Shabazz
  • jdote

    Wait can someone explain why 5–50 is not really 50-50. I know that’s true but I don’t get it.

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    because the split is for BRI or basketball related income.
    That doesn’t include all income.
    In total, the NBA made $4.3 billion. But, of that money, only $3.8 billion was included as part of BRI because of the way the system is set up.
    So, the 50/50 split would apply to the $3.8 billion, not the $4.3 billion.
    The owners would still keep $500 million out of the general pot.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Gonna be weird not watching basketball on Halloween night. I guess I’ll have to go trick-or-treating…

  • http://twitter.com/Sylvanusuagbor Syl

    Meetings of the Bluffers. Let see who postures the most

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    World Series is wack.. I watched Sons of Anarchy last night and some NBA Gametime. Dennis Scott got his Rick Ross beard going on now. This is getting bad………..

  • Ballislove

    LOL @zogs obviously kobe he’d win 1 on 1 against lebron

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    Granted.. experience, winning championships, and being clutch in big games is always going to be the argument against a younger, more explosive nightly triple-double threat. But when it comes down to it Kobe is just straight cutthroat. MJ cutthroat. THATS what sets him apart from King James and the rest of the league. Kobe will never have the power that King James has but Black Mamba is an assasin. He will eat your heart out with a spoon. He’ll shank you to get that win. Thats how MJ was. THAT BEING SAID.. nobody can guard my man Melo one on one. LeBron who?