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NBA Lockout Watch, Day 71: Labor Talks Expanding Next Week To Include More Voices
Published September 9, 2011
GLASS HALF FULL: In N.Y., Howard Beck writes, “By all accounts, the recent discussions have been constructive, respectful and productive.” Stern “called them intense” (N.Y. TIMES, 9/9). NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner wrote “any negotiating momentum next week will max out at two meetings, because both sides have prior commitments for Thursday.” The latest sessions "were narrowed to the minds and consciences that matter most." Now those 9-12 men “will be augmented by other key voices, the first step toward selling the deal to the players and owners overall.” Aschburner: “Getting more voices in the room means more attitudes, more opinions, more misdirection and more time lost to keep everyone on point. It's hard to envision the captains of industry who run the league's teams and, for that matter, the ‘brands’ and mini-conglomerates who play in the NBA -- and their agents -- not airing their views and derailing what otherwise might have been productive smaller sessions” (NBA.com, 9/8).