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NBA labor talks to resume Saturday

Nov 3, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

Billy Hunter David Stern AP

UPDATE 4:58 pm: Union VP Roger Mason Jr.he of “how u” fame — has confirmed that talks will resume on Saturday, according to a tweet from Chris Manix of Sports Illustrated.

Mason was also ringing the “union is unified” bell loud in every interview today. He says there was no real divide there. He said there is still a big divide between the owners and players.

But the are talking again. We’ll see if it amounts to anything.

11:33 am: We’ll see if this follows the pattern of previous negotiations — a few days of long hours, intense negotiations followed by a hostile breakup and saying there is no deal — but at least they are talking again.

The NBA owners and players union are set to resume negotiations Saturday in New York, reports the Boston Herald.

After breaking off talks last Friday, the NBA and players’ union are expected to resume face-to-face negotiations this Saturday in New York, according to involved sources. We’re still awaiting confirmation from the league office, but sources say the plan is pretty much set.

As this is not from the usual suspects covering the lockout intently (guys doing insanely good work, by the way) take the report with a grain of salt. But it is expected the two sides would start talking again soon, so this fits.

The meeting will come two days after Thursday’s meeting of union brass where they will formulate a plan and try to get everyone back on the same page after some splintering in recent days.

There remain two key issues keeping a deal from being reached, and they are intertwined. One is the split of basketball related income (BRI), the revenue that comes into the league. The owners want a 50/50 split (after their expenses are taken out) the players are at 52.5 percent (down from 57 percent in the last labor deal). The other issues are “system issues” such as if teams paying the luxury tax can use the mid-level exception or do sign-and-trade deals.

The players have thought if they gave on some system issues the owners would come up on the percentage of BRI, they want to trade one for the other. The owners have maintained they need both for both financial reasons and to have a more competitive league. Both sides have dug in and are not moving.

Still, both sides say they are about 95 percent of the way to a deal. We’ll see if they can push it over the finish line with one last drive starting Saturday.

  1. skids003 - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    I’ll be shocked if it happens this week. Both sides are dug in, and unwilling to compromise, because it’ll look like a victory for the other side. It’s a shame tha stubbornness now is the problem. Bunch of entitled babies.

  2. heatjake - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    I keep wishing I come to this page and the headline is “Report: Deal Imminent!”.

    Sigh…..

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      All the Heat, Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, Mavs, Oklahoma City, fans concur.

      Everyone else wants the NBA to end. They want their horrible teams and subpar front offices to be compensated for, well, being incompetent. In every business mistakes can be costly, apparently the NBA owners don’t agree. The majority that is.

      As a Heat fan I couldn’t care less of the whole season is wiped out. My team will be back next year, still reasonably young. The Celtics, Lakers and Mavs on the other hand not so much.

      • danielcp0303 - Nov 3, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        The first few sentences of your comment just aren’t true.

      • darealrandolph - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:56 PM

        Knicks need the season to start so we can complete for a big three
        Amare stoudemire
        Carmelo Anthony
        Chris Paul

      • darealrandolph - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

        U forgot knicks and nets(brooklyn) fans bro

  3. santolonius - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    last chance for 50/50.. going, going… ?

  4. gunner1970 - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Keep stalling…I’m enjoying the lack of the NBA this fall!

  5. mikey1977 - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    NO ONe CARES!

    • trueballs - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:56 PM

      Tell that to the thousands of arena employees that have been underemployed (still got hockey and nfl) for months now.

      It’s all Obama’s fault!

  6. heatjake - Nov 3, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    I just want basketball. I am a Heat fan yes, but an NBA fan all the same. I love those Tuesday nights when there are 3 close games on and you gotta flick around League Pass to catch the end of them.

    I want to see the new rookies, the next step of Blake Griffin, do Dwight/Cp3 leave??? There is so much to look forward to this year and the fact I have to read each day about Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher, George Cohen, David Stern, and the like makes me nauseous.

  7. stadix093 - Nov 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    I’ll never understand why people come to these stories to leave a comment about how much they don’t care about the NBA. Why don’t you just keep to your hockey sites or go jump out of a high rise window? It would be much appreciated by NBA fans that actually do care. Lake Show For Life.

    • rreducla1 - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:13 PM

      I have suggested that Mikey should show how much he doesn’t care by boycotting PBT, but as yet to no avail.

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