Wednesday , Oct , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Players, owners hold 15 hour mediation session

NBA labor talks stretched into the wee hours Wednesday morning as players and owners met with a federal mediator, hoping to deliver the progress Commissioner David Stern says is needed to avoid canceling more games. Both sides met for more than 15 hours, their longest negotiating session since owners locked out players when the old collective bargaining agreement expired June 30.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: What conclusions can we draw from players and owners holding a 15 hour mediation session?

Well, not much.

One day won’t settle a four month long lockout, especially when the two sides are so far apart with respect to Basketball Related Income and system issues. 

The best we can hope for is progress. Perhaps the players and/or owners step off the ideological lines they drew in the sand so many years ago.

If that happens then today will have been a success.

–O.Sandor. 

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