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NBA-NBPA talks end without a deal, again despite signs of progress


NBA Commissioner David Stern, right, and Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter, left, announced today that they have reached an agreement in principle on the key items of a new 6-year collective bargaining agreement before the start of Game 6 of the NBA finals between the the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio SPurs in San Antonio, Tuesday, June 21, 2005. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta) Original Filename: NBA_FINALS_SAA101.jpg


Negotiations between the NBA and NBPA ended without a deal again Saturday night as both sides met for more than 8 hours with federal mediator George Cohen but were unable to reach a deal, according to Ken Berger of

NBA talks are over for the night. “No deal,” a source says.Sun Nov 06 05:35:25 via Plume


Ken Berger

Multiple reports earlier in the night had hinted at progress, with one indicating a deal was “close.” But then, we’ve heard that fairy tale before. With the presence of Michael Jordan apparently spreading word of his position regarding the hard line, and players reacting to it on Twitter including Nick Young (who later deleted the tweet) and Paul George, Saturday was a long and eventful day that went longer than expected without detonating. And yet, still, no agreement.

Afterwards, David Stern gave the players an ultimatum. Accept terms of a deal with elements advised by federal mediator George Cohen, or face a much worse offer. Click here for more on Stern’s ultimatum and deadline.