As frustrating as it is trying to put your ear up to the wall in downtown New York City, media folks and a slew of “No Comments” from both the Owners and the Players have lead us to roughly the same place we were in 16 or so hours ago. Going through mediation for the first time both the Players Association and a collection of the Owners with David Stern met with Federal Mediator George Cohen tried to hash out a new agreement in time for a partial season.
They did not reach such an agreement.
The good news is that they did agree to meet up again at 10am on Wednesday before the Owners have to go to their Board of Governors meeting to have internal discussions that will include labour relations.
The bad news is that little progress has been made with only the “minor” issues being addressed.
It seems like both sides have made little in the way of progress. I can’t help but wonder when the cut off date will before more games are cancelled. Taking David Stern at his word if a deal isn’t in place before the end of the week then more games will be gone. If there isn’t a deal in place in the next few weeks, expect the entire season to be cancelled.
It is bleak times ahead and everyone from David Stern to David Wesley knows it. I don’t know why negotiations didn’t start sooner…