Federal mediator George M. Cohen met separately with both sides Monday in hopes that he can push them together Tuesday when owners and players talk again on the CBA. There's little hope, however, that after 40 meetings over two years, Cohen will be able to get a resolution. Things are that far apart, the sides that entrenched.
One reason for a lack of optimism: Cohen had hoped to dedicate the entire week to the NBA, not just a day, but the league's Board of Governors is meeting Wednesday and Thursday. Still Cohen, the head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is experienced in sports talks, having worked disputes in the MLB, NFL, NHL and MLS.
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