The NBA and players union had a 7.5 hour labor meeting today in New York, their longest session since the lockout began back on July 1st. Although the sides were together for a long period of time, they did not make major progress and more work needs to be done if they would like to sign a new CBA.
Union executive Roger Mason had this to say to his followers on Twitter: “Finished another long day of meetings. Unfortunately nothing new to report. We are still very far from a deal.”
Despite the minimal amount of progress, the sides have agreed to return to the negotiating table on Monday and Tuesday. Although there is still no CBA, it is good to see the parties scheduling meetings on a regular basic.
Howard Beck NYT: “NBA talks will break for a day, then resume with small-group session Monday and full committees Tuesday.”
Commissioner David Stern told the reporters afterwards that the sides are closer than they were before. There may not have been groundbreaking deals, but the parties are slowly closing the gap. “We’re not near anything,” added Stern, “but wherever that is, we’re closer than we were before.”
The only way to sign a new CBA is to meet on a regular basis and not allow egos to get into the way. The former is definitely occurring, but the latter is one of the biggest obstacle these talks are facing.