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NBA’s Mark Cuban and Derek Fisher Talk NHL Lockout

December 13th, 2012 at 3:39 PM
By Tim ODonnell

Yesterday the NHL and NHLPA met with federal mediators, although the two parties were never in the same room together. The result of the day was that nothing happened. According to NHL deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, "no conclusion" the negotiations was reached.

Now Mark Cuban and Derek Fisher are chiming in their thoughts and advice. Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks, and Fisher, who plays for the Mavericks, were part of the NBA Lockout last season that was ultimately settled and a 66 game schedule was saved. Fisher is the president of the NBA Players' Union.

Fisher offered his advice to's A. Sherrod Blakely.

"The one things I would offer is, the quickest way to resolution and getting something done is to stay together," Fisher told Blakely. 'You don't anything done by becoming individuals and starting to separate."

But the hockey presents a different challenge than basketball in keeping players together. The NHL has players from all over the world playing in North America, something that Fisher pointed out.

"You're trying to have one voice from around the world, particulary in hockey, like Russia and the European countries, that makes it even more challenging than for us in a lot of ways in basketball," Fisher said.

Cuban wasn't as polite when voicing his feelings over how the NHL and NHLPA have been negotiating.

"They're both cluster[expletives]. There's no good way [to negotiate] because everybody thing they have a solution in those scenarios and nobody wants to listen to the other guy's solutions," Cuban told's Jimmy Toscano.

Cuban also added that what he sees happening is the two sides negotiating only when desperation sets in.

"It's not the best way to solve business problems, but that's what ends up happening," Cuban said.

Cuban also sees the NHL owners trying to fix problems that they didn't fix last time, something that he is happy to see.

"If you don't fix the problems, they escalate, so they didn't fix them last time, and they should have," Cuban said. 'So you see where they are now."


Tags: Bill Daly, Boston, Boston Bruins, Hockey, NHL, NHLPA

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