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NBA issues deadline to players in labor dispute

11-07-2011 10:58 BJT

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NBA owners and players still can’t come to an agreement to end the pro basketball labor dispute. The two sides met for more than eight hours with federal mediator George Cohen in New York on Saturday, but were unable to negotiate a resolution.

The owners set a deadline of Wednesday for the players to accept their latest proposal, or they will rescind that suggestion and instead offer 47 percent of revenues with elements of a flexible salary cap. The proposal was not well received by negotiators for the players’ association.

Federal mediator George Cohen (L) and colleague Scott Beckenbaugh leave after addressing the media at the NBA labor negotiations in New York October 19, 2011. Mediation talks between National Basketball Association (NBA) owners and players continued unexpectedly on Wednesday for a second straight day in New York in a bid to resolve the bitter labor dispute.

The NBA team owners locked the players out on July 1, and the dispute has resulted in the cancellation of the first month of the NBA schedule. Players Association president Derek Fisher and League commissioner David Stern gave their views on the latest negotiations.

Derek Fisher said, "We made the moves that we needed to make to get this deal done on the economics and we’re standing here given an ultimatum that the NBA will move to 47 percent by Wednesday with a flex cap if we don’t accept their -- what they call a 51 to 49, but really 50, with a system that is not a fair system."

David Stern said, "We made the proposal because we hope it will be accepted by Wednesday. I don’t, I am not going to make percentage guesses or anything like that. We’d like to, we want our players to play, we’d like to have a season and these are the terms upon which we are prepared to gear up and get in as many games as possible."

Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) David Stern speaks to reporters after taking part in contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Allison Joyce

NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher, pictured
here on October 20, was put on the defensive by a report
alleging that he tried to cut a deal with NBA commissioner
David Stern without the support of other union leaders.
(AFP Photo/Patrick Mcdermott)


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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