NBA Lockout 2011 – The NBA Lockout talks continue and it’s the key issues in 2011 that neither side can agree on. It’s been 128 days and the players have already lost their first month of the season. The league’s union and owners will sit down again on Sunday at 4 p.m. in New York City.
They will attempt to resolve the major issues remaining before a new collective bargaining agreement can be accepted. The sides have invited federal mediator George Cohen, who sat in for three days of talks in October, back to the table. Already, the league has lost the first month of the season, and if anyone hopes to start the schedule by Dec. 1, a deal will need to be done soon.
Eight days ago, the Lockout process was laced with optimism, with both sides hinting that a deal could be done last weekend. Instead, those talks collapsed over the owners’ refusal to go above a 50-50 split of basketball-related income, and the players’ refusal to drop below a 52.5-47.5 split. Union executive director Billy Hunter accused commissioner David Stern of, “snookering,” him into believing the owners would offer the players more than 50 percent.
In the meantime, NBA fractures on both sides have emerged.
Hunter reportedly had a rift with union president Derek Fisher over Fisher’s willingness to consider a 50-50 split.
That news surfaced after the league made its case in federal court on Wednesday, attempting to preemptively head off a decertification movement, one of the key issues in the Lockout.
The judge in the case did not issue an immediate ruling.
And a group of 50 NBA players held two separate conference calls with an anti-trust lawyer to consider a player-led decertification of the union, a long and costly process that would surely result in this 2011 season being lost.