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Obama called the league's current labor impasse "heartbreaking" — the same word he recently used in Florida shortly after the NBA cancelled the first two weeks of its regular season — and suggested that the NBA's players and owners turn to the National Football League, who reached its own new labor deal in time to save the 2011-2012 season, for guidance.
"If you look at the NFL, they were able to settle theirs," Obama said. "I think they understood: 'Players we're making millions of dollars, owners some of us are worth billions of dollars, we should be able to figure out how to split a nine billion dollar pot so that our fans, who are allowing us to make all of this money, can actually have a good season.' I think the owners and the basketball players need to think the same way."
Leno then asked if Obama, a noted basketball aficonado, was worried that the entire season might be lost.
"I'm concerned about it," the President admitted. "They need to just remind themselves that the reason they are so successful is because a whole bunch of folks out there love basketball. Basketball has actually done well, but these kinds of lockouts, a lot of times it takes a long time to recover."
I may lean a little to the right of the President on most issues, but we are in lockstep on the NBA. I can only pray that fans get pissed off and cut back on buying NBA merchandise, settlement or not.
ESPN is reporting negotiations will resume today:
The meeting, first reported by the New York Daily News, will be small groups from each side, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the negotiations were to remain private. Commissioner David Stern will take part after he was forced to miss the session last Thursday because of an illness.
Is a surprise negotiating session a good sign? I'm done speculating.
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