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NBA Lockout Watch, Day 28: Sources Say NBA, NBPA Will Resume Talks Monday
Published July 28, 2011
BABY STEPS: CBSSPORTS.com's Ben Golliver wrote talking "is an important first step," but "compromising, ultimately, is what will prevent an extended work stoppage from disrupting, or potentially cancelling, the 2011-2012 NBA season" (CBSSPORTS.com, 7/27). In N.Y, Mitch Lawrence writes, "At this stage, any kind of progress will be welcome. Even an agreement on the shape of the bargaining table to be used in negotiations." Lawrence adds the owners "probably can't wait to get to Nov. 15," when players are scheduled to begin receiving their paychecks. Owners "figure once the players' checks stop, the splintering in their ranks will start." The players "will start going their own way, leading to a settlement" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/28). ESPN.com's Roy Johnson writes, "The primary reason the dispute will not be easily or quickly resolved -- and why this negotiation in no way resembles the NFL's lockout -- is this: While Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith were essentially haggling over how to slice their league's well-publicized $9 billion pie, Stern and Hunter can't even agree on the pie" (ESPN.com, 7/28).
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NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING: In Orlando, Shannon Owens wrote, "If you're like me, then maybe you've noticed the leaders in the labor negotiations have been eerily quiet." Owens: "Even more peculiar is how silent the NBA stars have been when it comes to fighting against hard salary caps in the 2011 NBA lockout. Stars like Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning were on the front lines for players during the 1998-99 lockout. But that clearly hasn't been the case this time around" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 7/27).