NBA and Players Union Admit Being ‘Very Far Apart’ in CBA Talks
June 9, 2011
Having stated earlier this week that negotiations between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and its players union were “open and robust”, which was a good thing according to David Stern, the league’s commissioner has now admitted that the two parties remain “very far apart” after two days of negotiations on a new labor accord.
With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire on June 30, both Stern and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Derek Fisher, president of the National Basketball Players Association, used the phrase “very far apart” to characterize the state of the talks. Billy Hunter, the union’s executive director, called the two sides “miles apart.”