NEW YORK — I won’t bog you down with the details, because there are no precise details making their way down to the lobby of lockout central. What we have here are journalists scattered about on sofas and chairs, tourists making their way through, and pedicab and limousine drivers outside trying to coax wealthy customers into taking something other than a yellow cab.
Upstairs, they are still talking. And as of 9 p.m. EDT, the owners and players had been together for nine hours — making it the second-longest single bargaining session since the lockout went into effect the night of June 30.
What does this mean?
Well, if it was a disastrous meeting, surely it would have ended by now.
If it is a typical 11th-hour meeting, compromises are being made but are coming at a glacial pace.
If it is going to be a special night, eventually they will meet in the middle on the split of revenues (the over/under line is hereby set at 51.2 percent) and come to an agreement in principle. There are press conference rooms already set up, one for each side.
If they get tired, they can always call it a night and come back in the morning.
If they want to save a Thanksgiving start to the regular season and enable an 82-game schedule, they can still do so by reaching a settlement on Thursday or Friday or Saturday.
If we are still here at 3 a.m., Ken Berger says he will seriously consider planking Cole Porter’s piano.