NBA Commissioner, David Stern, has announced that the first two weeks of the regular season will be cancelled. This almost certainly guarantees that there will not be a full 82 game schedule this year. Stern had previously imposed Monday as the deadline to strike a deal between the owners players before the NBA would have to start cancelling games.
Probably the most important debate between the two was how the basketball related revenue was going to be divided. The players have reportedly offered to cut down their share of the pot to 53% (down from 57% in the previous agreement), and the owners had upped their offer to 50% (up from their previous offer of 46%). But apparently the sides could not agree on this or any of the other key issues. Doesn’t a 50/50 split just make sense for all? Just call it good and be done with it! Who is ever going to look back and say “you didn’t get a good deal” on a 50/50 split?
I thought TNT reporter, David Aldridge, summed it up best on his Twitter yesteday:
“The players stand to lose around $2.1B in salaries if there’s no season. That’s around $360M/month. They’re holding out for $80M.The players stand to lose around $2.1B in salaries if there’s no season. That’s around $360M/month. They’re holding out for $80M.”
“I’m not taking a side here. I’m pointing out that the losses for both sides are much greater for both sides than what separates them.”
Well said, D.A., you know your stuff. Now would you please go bust into that meeting room and sell those high-stepping dandies like Chris Farley did in Tommy Boy! During this lockout we my have to continue post amazing Timberwolves & NBA player YouTube highlights from past, present, and future. Such as….Derrick Williams shooting, Derrick Williams dunking, and maybe a random Tom Chambers throw down.