NBA players and owners met Tuesday morning and discussed labor negotiations for 16 hours, planning to return early Wednesday for their next meeting. Both sides left the courtroom without comment as requested by federal mediator George Cohen. Commissioner David Stern was hoping for a breakthrough Tuesday, insisting that there won’t be any games played until after Christmas if a deal isn’t reached in the near future.
Today marks the 111th day of work stoppage for the NBA. Stern has already canceled the first two weeks of the season and may be forced to cancel another set of games within the next few days. The initial cancellations marked the league’s first in-season lockout since the 1998-1999 season was shortened to 50 games. Despite both sides remaining displeased over previous proposals, there is still hope in the sense that negotiators have agreed to meet again today. Check back for additional NBA updates.