No future labor meetings on tap; Hunter pledges player unity
Four days after the latest impasse in talks between NBA owners and players and one day into what would have been the league's regular-season schedule, two sources involved in the negotiations said there are no new meetings scheduled.
The two sides, according to one of the sources, spoke separately with federal mediator George Cohen about a possible reunion meeting this week, but the session will not take place. Cohen was the point man for three straight days of marathon negotiating sessions in mid-October that did not lead to resolution.
Yet while the overarching questions continue to surround the split of basketball-related income -- the players want 52.5 percent while the owners last offered a 50-50 split -- and system issues (
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison was fined $500,000 on Monday for his comments on Twitter that revealed a break in the ownership ranks. Then, union president Derek Fisher
And on Tuesday,
"There's been disagreement about how to negotiate or what moves to make, but there's no fatal disagreement here," the source said of the Hunter-Fisher dynamic.
SI.com obtained a letter Hunter wrote to all players Tuesday that confirmed that belief: