What Lies Ahead in NBA Lockout Mediation

ESPN NBA
October 17, 2011

“Couples have marriage counselors. Israel and Egypt had Jimmy Carter. And now, the NBA has George Cohen.” George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS),has stepped into help break the impasse which has resulted in two years of pre-lockout negotiations and 107 days of work stoppage.

This Monday Cohen spoke with both sides separately and Tuesday he will attempt to bring the parties together to “hammer out their differences.” Will he succeed? Some suggest, “This is not to say that Cohen is in over his head, or that mediation can’t possibly work. It’s just that the two sides are dug in, and Cohen has very little time to find enough common ground for a deal.”

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