NEW YORK — David Stern said this past weekend that if no significant progress is made in the NBA Lockout Labor talks by Tuesday, then the entire NBA season is in jeopardy. Both sides have taken that as a viable threat and continue to meet in New York even as the clock enters a new day on the East Coast.
David Stern, Billy Hunter, the owners and the players are all in one room (hard to believe right?) and are not tearing each others throats out (even harder to believe). The hardest part to believe is that this has been going on for over 15 hours and is still going strong.
However, as exciting as this latest development is, there is still no deal and there is still the looming doom of more game cancellations.
David Stern hasn’t said that his threat last week has been rescinded. Tuesday has come and gone and despite the talks, there is no deal. Which means there could still be no games on Christmas, arguably the day the NBA season takes a serious public form.
It will be interesting to see when this is all said and done where the two sides stand on the BRI issue. The BRI (Basketball Related Income) has been the deal breaker in all the other talks up to this point. The players currently want 53 percent of all income and the owners have been adamant that the percentage be lowered into the mid to high 40s range.
The talks have broken off for the night (or morning depending on where you are) and will resume on Wedensday moring at 10 am eastern time.
Despite the lack of a deal, the intense talks have to logically produce progress. However, it could be argued the long talks are a result of little progress. Like usual with this lockout, everyone on the outside is left in the dark until the guys in the club behind the door decide to fill us in.
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