HoopsHype George Cohen rumors

November 1, 2011 Updates
October 28, 2011 Updates

One part of the story is that federal mediator George Cohen was effective. While he was not able to inspire final consensus last week, he did force meaningful progress on several of the trickier issues. Also, having blown through chances to prevent the lockout, the cancellation of the preseason and missing the first weeks of the regular season, both sides appear to be genuinely motivated to meet the next deadline, coming any day now, which is the latest possible day to make a deal while preserving the chance of an 82-game season. ESPN.com

October 26, 2011 Updates

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 . Newsday

Adrian Wojnarowski: NBA, NBPA bargaining session Wednesday in NY will be a "small group," source says. Key NBA and union negotiators. Newsday reported meeting. Twitter

Six days after talks broke off in a nasty public dispute, NBA owners and players will return to the bargaining table today, the Daily News has learned. The two sides are scheduled to meet in a midtown Manhattan hotel, according to league sources. When they broke off talks last Thursday, the two sides were miles apart on a new deal. The resumption of talks is the reason the league held off on the cancellation of at least two more weeks of the regular season. The Daily News reported on its website Monday that the league intended yesterday to announce the cancellation of games from at least Nov. 15-28. New York Daily News

But with the two sides returning to the table, those plans have been put on hold, at least temporarily. So far, the first 100 games of the season, from Nov. 1-14, have been canceled. It seems a given that the 102 games to be played Nov. 15-28 also will go up in smoke if there is no deal reached in the next few days, since the league needs about 30 days from the time a deal is struck to return to full operations. New York Daily News

On that front, sources said the National Labor Relations Board is expected to make a decision about the players association’s July complaint regarding unfair bargaining practices by the owners within two weeks. According to a prominent NLRB attorney, the players have a greater shot at ending the lockout at the bargaining table than relying on the NLRB or federal court. Washington labor attorney Jay Krupin, who has represented NHL and MLB teams, including the Yankees and Mets, told The Post the players association’s bid for victory with the NLRB is “all theater.’’ New York Post

More N.B.A. games will be canceled soon, perhaps today or tomorrow or next week. The timing hardly matters anymore. The schedule, at least as it was presented in July, is already worthless. Two weeks of games have been canceled. The rest of November’s games will be wiped out soon. And at least two arenas, in Los Angeles and Chicago, have reassigned some December dates for other events, with the N.B.A.’s blessing. New York Times

Whenever the lockout is resolved, the N.B.A. will build a new schedule from scratch, using all arena dates that are still reserved, according to people who are aware of the league’s plans. N.B.A. officials declined to discuss the issue Tuesday. New York Times

Eight owners signed a petition that demanded Stern address the small market/big market financial disparity they felt was a serious and growing problem. Obviously, they didn’t need to write him a letter like he was their local representative in Congress; he works for them. They did so to make a symbolic point and then released the letter to some media outlets to make sure the issue became public. It read: “We are asking you to embrace this issue because the hard truth is that our current economic system works only for larger-market teams and a few teams that have extraordinary success on the court and for the latter group of teams, only when they experience extraordinary success. The rest of us are looking at significant and unacceptable annual financial losses." ESPN.com

October 20, 2011 Updates

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