No deal. Not yet.
Negotiations wrapped in New York Tuesday after about four hours with both sides claiming progress was made, but just not enough. Basically, we’re at that point where nobody’s going to budge until they have to. Which means nobody’s moving until money starts getting lost. Which means the rest of the preseason has been cancelled and we’re probably going to have to cross off that Nov. 1 showdown with the Lakers and the next 10 or so games after it (at least). (We’ll know that for sure by Monday, David Stern said.)
Here’s where we’re at: The owners, previously proposing a 46 percent split of revenue to the players have come up a whopping one percent to 47. The players, who get 57 percent under the current CBA, have come down to 53. So… if you’re good at math, could you tell me that mystery number that sits between 53 and 47? What is it? Would could it be?
The reality though is that eventually someone’s got to deal. Someone has to bend. It’s not like the NBA will cease to exist because owners and players can’t agree ever. I understand it’s a negotiation and using tactics like losing games which leads to losing money is what forces the bending, but why not just get to that place now? The players know that eventually, they’ll have to relinquish more of the BRI. The owners know that at some point, they’ll have to come up from 47. WHY CAN’T WE JUST DO THAT NOW? Why do we have to go through all this crap just to get there? Keep Reading…