Stern Notes Tuesday Deadline
NBA commissioner David Stern said Thursday that if significant progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached by early next week — following the first scheduled session with mediator George Cohen — that the remainder of the 2011-12 NBA season may be in jeopardy.
“Each side is going to meet with the mediator on Monday, and if there’s a breakthrough, it’s going to come on Tuesday,” Stern said in an interview for NBA TV. “And if not, I think that the season is really going to potentially escape from us, because we aren’t making any progress … how many times does it pay to keep meeting, and to have the same things thrown back at you? We’re ready to sit down and make a deal. I don’t believe that the union is. Hopefully by Tuesday, aided by the mediator, they’ll be ready to make a deal. Certainly I’ll bring my owners ready to make a deal.”