NEW YORK — In case you forgot all about it due to the mega media attention drawn to State College and Penn State, the NBA broke talks tonight some seven hours after David Stern’s 5pm deadline.
There is mixed emotions about this but there seems to be a sentiment of no progress felt by both sides as the meetings break.
NBA Player’s President Derek Fischer sounded optimistic in his press conference that a deal can be made by tomorrow as the two sides will resume their meetings at noon.
The problem lies in the lack of optimism overall that was felt in both press conferences and in the moods of David Stern and Billy Hunter. David Stern refused to state his optimism or pessimism that a deal will get done in the near future. He did mention that the reason the death deal of a 47 percent offer of revenue to the payers that was threatened prior to the deadline wasn’t put in place because this negotiation session wasn’t over. He stated that when this session is over the deal will worsen but as of the break today, the session is still on.
Another thing to think about is that another 12 hour session has come and gone and no progress has made. The amount of consecutive hours devoted to these negotiations and the lack of progress produced is a troubling thing to stomach.
We remain in a torturous wait and see position and everyone from the nosebleed fans to the top dogs at ESPN know what is going to happen. The growing concern with the lack of progress the nuclear option is becoming more and more like a possibility.
That nuclear option is desertification.
If that happens then this thing blows even more wide open then it was before and the season is pretty much lost. The NFL could afford to lean on desertification was they weren’t in session and had time to get to court and not jeopardize their season to a large extent. The NBA does not have that time and cannot afford to go to the courts and expect a meaningful season.
This is getting ugly even though the experts keep telling us it is getting better. The truth is this: if the NBA and the union can’t get a deal done tomorrow, the threat of desertification becomes more and more of a reality and the NBA season will continue to inch towards complete cancellation. I will leave you with Derek Fischer’s opening quote and you can read or not read into however you choose.
“(We’re) going to meet (Thursday) to see … if we can finish this out,”