Ten hours into NBA lockout talks on Wednesday comes positive feelings from the reporter corps in NBA lockout, where top officials from the league and players' union try to work out a new collective bargaining agreement. Ken Berger of CBS Sports said that a source briefed on the status of Wednesday's talks is "incredibly optimistic" a deal will get done.
If talks break off without a deal and no further meetings scheduled, everyone believes the worst will come to pass: a complete breakdown of negotiations complete with a dissolution of the players' union, a more painful proposal from the owners and potentially a lost season. But with a deal this week, as many as 78 games per team could conceivably be played.
The two sides have had long meetings before, both with and without federal mediator George Cohen. Cohen is not involved in Wednesday's meeting.
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