Thursday was a huge day for NBA Labor negotiations as the Players Union and Owners came out somewhat giddy in a sign that things could be looking good. Both David Stern and Billy Hunter seemed particularly content with procedures and were confident that a handshake agreement could be had within the next two days. This is welcome news to all NBA Fans.
The key day is today. While both sides have been able to agree on most (if not all) system issues, the elephant in the room is Basketball Related Income (BRI). This baby has brought previous negotiating sessions down and turn both sides in completely opposite directions. Currently the Players sit at 52.5 percent, but could be willing to drop to 52 percent according to most rumours. The Owners sit at 50 percent, but no one is quite sure if they’re willing to move off of that in an effort to get a deal done.
It’s been previously stated that no proposal would be fit in the owners eye’s if it didn’t have the 50 percent that they were looking for. This is what has me nervous for tomorrow. All it takes is for both sides to hesitate at lowering their offer and talks are off again. We’ve been here before.
Today is the day. Either everything falls into place, or things head back to the dark area where we can’t recover from.
Some quotes and notes for today’s proceedings:
- Stern: “We’re prepared to negotiate over everything (Friday).”
- Stern on the framework for an agreement: “I think we’ll get there tomorrow (Friday)”
- Hunter: “You have to have some agreement of the system before moving to BRI”
- Fisher: “We would not have spent the time here today (Thursday) without making some progress.”
- Stern: “There are no guarantees that we’ll get it done, but we’re going to give it one heck of a shot.”
- Hunter: “I think we’re within striking distance of getting a deal.”
- Scouts have begun cancelling trips, could be an indication that a deal is imminent
- Talks presume today at 10.30am