NBA Lockout: Monday Morning Update
All B.S. aside, with regard to the NBA Lockout, the two sides are very, very close to a deal. It will not be a deal that either side is going to like, which is the nature of compromise. Neither the players, nor the owners are a unified front in the ongoing NBA labor negotiations. Some players are now willing to take a 50/50 split of basketball related income (the league’s revenues) just to get going with the current season. But how many players truly feel that way at the moment? Of course, there is no way of knowing, but many media members are hearing the same thing.
For every one side of a story there is another, so, there are also plenty of players along with virtually every NBA agent who don’t want the union to go below the player negotiated 52 percent. So, where does Player President Derek Fisher stand among the group that is ok with a 50/50 split?
Fisher was confronted by NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter on a rumor stating that Fisher has been co-opted by Commissioner David Stern and promised the commish he could deliver the union at a 50-50 split. This caused at least one other member of the union’s executive committee to confront Fisher as well. The purpose of the confrontation was to make him reassess his 50-50 push.
A very credible rumor states, at least one five-time champion, NBA superstar with the initials K.B. was on board with Fisher’s push for a 50-50 split. Hunter is firm that the players should not accept less than 52-48. Hunter and a member of the executive committee convinced Fisher to stand firm at 52-48 after they questioned the Lakers point guard about his relationship with Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver.
Reading between the lines of Fisher and Billy Hunter’s words, it sounds like Fisher told David Stern and the owners that if they really gave in on system issues, leaving the system of contract lengths and exceptions close to what existed in the old deal then they could talk about a bigger share of BRI for the owners.
But the hardline owners want both a system that reins in big teams and gives them a majority of BRI You have to remember that even a 50/50 split is not an even split because the owners get expenses off the top.