NBA lockout 2011 talks end with no finished deal, deadline instead

By on Nov 6, 2011 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: November 17, 2011 1:34 a.m.

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The ongoing NBA lockout meeting on Saturday, November 5, 2011 lasted for more than 8 hours but ended without a finished deal, but rather a deadline, which puts the 2011-2012 NBA Season in doubt.



NBPA President Derek Fisher, speaking
in a press conference on Sunday, Nov 6

Image Credit: NBA.com

As noted by NBA on its official website on Sunday, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) had a meeting with federal mediator George Cohen to but ended up frustrated after no final agreement was made between the two camps.

According to the report, NBA commissioner David Stern offered the NBA players 51 percent of basketball-related income (BRI) and deadline to accept it until Wednesday, November 9. Otherwise, it will go down to 47 percent plus a flex salary cap.

“Today was another sad day for our fans, for arena workers, our parking lot attendants, our vendors. Very frustrating, sad day,” NBPA President Derek Fisher was quoted on the report, saying in a press conference.

“We, for sure, unequivocally, made good faith efforts to try to get this deal done tonight. And we’re at a loss for why we could not close it out.” Fisher added, noting that he could not speculate on what could happen next.

On the other hand, Stern said that Cohen offered six “what if?” recommendations and five of them were approved by the owners but all of them were rejected by NBPA lawyer Jeffrey Kessler.

“I think it’s fair to say that speaking on behalf of the union, Mr. Kessler rejected the mediators’ recommendations and our proposal,” Stern said on the news conference.

“But hope springs eternal, and we would love to see the union accept the proposal that is now on the table.” He added, as the NBA lockout now on Day 128 and a total of 39 regular NBA games canceled excluding the pre-season games.



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