NEW YORK — The NBA owners and Union reps met for over 16 hours yesterday and 8 hours today and still were not able to make any tangible progress according to sources including ESPN’s Chris Boussard.
Billy Hunter and David Stern were joined by NBA owners and Union reps as well as mediator George Cohen today for eight hours and discussed everything from lighter issues like salary cap problems to the deal breaker that has been Basketball Related Income.
Even though no progress of any significance has been made, the positive is that talks will continue tomorrow for a third straight day.
This marks the longest and most consistent talks that the two sides have had since the beginning of the lockout. Stern and Hunter have been told not to talk to the media which may prove to be something that actually helps the talks.
But at this point anything will help.
The owners and the union need to start to get it together and pump out a deal. Although there is a lot of positivity to take out of the long and continuous sessions, there is a glaring negative on the face of it all.
That is the fact that both sides met from 10 a.m until 3 a.m Tuesday and for eight hours today and still have made no progress. It’s good that the talks are continuing, but forgive me for not throwing a party for 24 hours of meetings that produce no progress.
With the NBA players ready to embark on a tour that will indeed have them playing the first two weeks of the season and making a profit, the owners and even the union look like chumps. They stand to lose around $170 million for cancelling the first two weeks of the season and David Stern may have to cancel even more games in the coming days.
It is yet to be determined whether these talks and their longevity are just a waste of time. As of now it seems that way, and if 24 hours-plus worth of talks leads to no progress, one is hard pressed to feel hopeful about watching the NBA this season.