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Mediator? Stern, Hunter need to go 1-on-1

Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:18 pm
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While sources confirmed Tuesday that the NBA and National Basketball Players Association are discussing the possibility of bringing federal mediator George Cohen back into the bargaining process, we already have learned that this is no cure-all for the lockout.

Cohen spent more than 24 hours over two days refereeing the talks last month, only to see them blow up over the contentious issue of the BRI split. The same thing happened without Cohen on Friday, and while sources believe union chief Billy Hunter wouldn't have been permitted to walk away from the table with a line in the sand drawn at a 52-48 split in favor of the players, it's not clear whether Cohen would've been able to elicit enough compromise to keep the talks going.

So while bringing the mediator back into the room couldn't hurt, I have a better idea. To borrow a phrase from commissioner David Stern: mediator, schmediator. Breaking the impasse and securing a handshake on a new CBA so the NBA can reopen for business really only requires two people to be in the room:

1) Stern, and 2) Hunter.

It's time for the two men whose job it is to secure a deal to get in a room together and figure it out. It's time for Stern to tell Hunter how much wiggle room he has on his owners' 50-50 proposal, provided Hunter is willing to compromise on the Big Three system issues that remain. It's time for Hunter to tell Stern exactly what he needs to be able to sell a 50-50 or 51-49 deal to his players.

It's time for Stern and Hunter to throw each other a life raft so they can both paddle ashore holding both fists aloft in the universal gesture of victory. (Although, to do that, they'd need someone else to paddle. So they can bring Cohen in to propel the boat during the victory parade.)

This is how the 1998-99 lockout ended. Stern and Hunter ended it. On the day Stern had set for the rest of the season to be canceled, the two deal-makers pulled an all-nighter, and emerged on the morning of Jan. 7 to shake hands and end the 204-day lockout.

This one has endured a little more than half that time, but there's no need for any more. There are two people who can end this, and each one needs to tell his constituents that he intends to do just that. Stern and Hunter have been negotiating against each other for 15 years. They don't need a mediator, just an empty room.


 
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Mediator? Stern, Hunter need to go 1-on-1

I gotta an idea, lets just watch college basketball and enjoy that! the the greedy MF's go broke this year like most of middle america!

There are plenty of things people can do and plenty of sports to follow, no need for overpaid NBA players to entertain anybody anymore.  If baseball goes out it's a different story since there isn't a whole lot else going on in the summer, but an NBA season could easily come and go without games and fans will be just fine.  Most fans these days are fans of multiple sports... some aren't, but most are.

NHL hockey just got started, games are on almost ever single day and don't end I believe until end of April when the playoffs begin.

College football still has a couple months left including some great action in bowl games over the holiday season.

College basketball goes right through the March madness..... a pretty long season.


Nobody in the NHL gets paid like NBA players, not even close.  And before somebody argues the NHL isn't as popular and that's why they don't get paid as much per player, remember the NFL is a lot more popular then NBA basketball is yet they don't come close to making the money NBA players do.  Think about this for second.... the NFL is A LOT more popular and brings in almost double the revenue, yet players who risk their well being playing in the NFL don't come close to making the money NBA players do.

Weird, no?   The NBA is full of overpaid athletes, and filled with a ton of mediocre players making millions upon millions of dollars.  And these guys have the nerve to tell us they won't take a 15 percent paycut?  Give me a break.  



Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Mediator? Stern, Hunter need to go 1-on-1

I gotta an idea, lets just watch college basketball and enjoy that! the the greedy MF's go broke this year like most of middle america!



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Mediator? Stern, Hunter need to go 1-on-1

Woof - Stern protrayed first as a Pirate Prince minion of Owner Kings, and now a Cannibal.  Strong stuff.  (Pass the ketchup and my blade)



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Mediator? Stern, Hunter need to go 1-on-1

Based on Mr. Hunter's behavior at the last meeting, getting them alone in a empty room (maybe in a hotel closer to a Burger King or Uno Pizza) would require that Mr. Hunter be ready to seriously bargain, quit posturing and not slam out of the room in a huff at the drop of a % point suggestion.  The acrimony is deafening and unreasonable.



Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Mediator? Stern, Hunter need to go 1-on-1

Hunters need to say that he is sorry that LBJ jerked some owners around last year. Let's put that aside and settle this. Because right now, the owners want to jerk the union around then cancel the season. It is a payback and power play by the owners. Only Stern can stop this runaway train.




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Stern, Hunter need to go 1-on-1? No way.

Stern is a shape-shifting reptile who could change into four-legged carnivore at the drop of a hat.  If he and Hunter were alone in a room, Hunter would disappear without a trace, and Stern wouldn't have as much as a smudge of meat on his tie.  
 
I guess it wouldn't be all bad, though, because it would certainly put the players in their place. 


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