HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The key players for both sides of the NBA’s ongoing labor dispute are in the meeting room in New York. As first reported by the New York Times and later confirmed by TNT’s David Aldridge and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the proposed “last-ditch” effort to save the on-time start of the regular season is under way in New York.
The key negotiators from each side: NBA commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver for the owners, with union president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter representing the players, along with San Antonio owner Peter Holt, head of the league’s labor relations committee and Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who is chairman of the NBA Board of Governors. Attorneys for both sides are also reportedly in attendance, per Berger.
Berger also reported via Twitter that players union vice president Mo Evans is in the meeting room as well. The negotiating session began roughly three hours ago, according to reports, with no timetable set for how long it might last.
Perhaps the most significant nugget unearthed tonight is that the reported precondition that the players had to agree to a 50-50 split of BRI in order for the meeting to take place was (obviously) dropped before the sides entered the room.
Stay tuned for more details …