Saturday , Nov , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Cohen to mediate Saturday’s CBA talks?

George Cohen will return to his role as mediator of NBA labor talks on Saturday, according to a source. Cohen was first involved in several talks during the middle of October.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a Hail Mary.

NBA owners and players are banking on a miracle if they think mediator George Cohen can solve the most contentious issue with their labour dispute: Basketball Related Income.

Everything else is secondary. The system issues. The revenue sharing. The mid level exception. It all takes a backseat to the split of revenues.

Some owners are open to a 50-50 split; however, most are hoping for a 53 percent share.

Most players are open to a 50-50 split; however, the league’s most powerful players are reluctant to dip below a 52% share.

Only a miracle can solve this impasse. And that may be too much to ask of a talented, skilled negotiator like Cohen.

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