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Players come up with CBA plan that sparks discussion

Jun 6, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

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Don’t jump the gun – there is hope of avoiding a lockout and the owners and players are still a long way away from a deal.

But last week the owners and players sat down and made a little progress toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The word “hopeful” got thrown around.

Now we may know why.

Reportedly the progress was sparked by the latest offer from the players to the owners, an offer that made some givebacks now in promise of future revenue, according to’s David Aldridge.

According to sources, the players have expressed a willingness to at least look at some meaningful reductions in overall salaries. But in exchange, the union wants mechanisms that would allow players to recoup some of their losses if the NBA continues on its upward track. One possible way would be to split any future monies above and beyond the current $4.3 billion in annual revenues at something approaching the current 57-43 take in the players’ favor. For example, if revenues grew over the course of a new five-year CBA to, say, $5 billion, the union would get 57 percent of the new $700 million created. Such a system would incentivize both sides to grow the pot and create more cheddar for everyone. But it’s not known how receptive the league was to the idea.

The number that matters is the BRI — Basketball Related Income. That is money from ticket sales, luxury boxes, local and national television contracts — nearly everything you can think of related to basketball.

Right now the players get 57 percent of that income through salaries, the owners 43 percent. The owners want a larger slice of that pie. All the talk of hard cap, guaranteed contracts and amnesty clauses all pales in comparison to how big a slice of the revenue they get.

The players have made an offer that at least has the sides in serious discussions, which will continue this week in Dallas. It’s a start.

  1. savvybynature - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    That’s a reasonable starting proposal from the players. The ball is in your court owners, don’t screw this up by being greedy please.

  2. redbear18 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Yes! I’m do glad to see they’re making progress. We might not have a lockout after all.

  3. whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    I’m sure everyone will hate this, but the fact is only 8 teams made money. It’s going to have to be a huge concession by the players. This sounds good on the top, but I am sure there is more we don’t know about. Unlike the NFL the owners do need to put their footdown.

    • nfl25 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      i agree. and i dont see anyway that the nba season starts on time. the nba players are a differnt breed than nfl players. everything about nba is so different than nfl. i c the players not giving in much and holding out and i c the owners ready for war

  4. randysavage4ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:00 AM


    As a kid I played football & basketball. As an adult I am now a fan of both. But to be honest all the NFL lockout talk has done the unthinkable. The NFL lockout has SERIOUSLY made me disgusted with the game & league. Hearing about money & greed makes me want to throw up. Firefighters, paramedics, nurses, and any service to the overall well being of society – those are the people that should get more money.

    The NFL lockout is rubbing the average United States citizen the WRONG WAY, we work hard for little money and enjoy the little time we have to watch sports, not hear about how billion and millionaires can’t come to a financial agreement.

    (cue the eminem I’m not afraid – in the background for dramatic purposes)

    OK so now on to basketball – IT IS A GLOBAL GAME PLAYED AROUND THE WORLD…

    how the HECK is it going to look if there is an NBA lockout to the rest of the countries in the world?

    Its going to make the U.S. & the NBA look HORRIBLE, dumb, & greedy…

    Dear Mr.David Stern & Players Union,

    Please learn from the NFL lockout fiasco and come to a new agreement. Be more classy, tasteful, innovative, and overall better then the NFL. With an absolutely dazzling NBA Finals this year lets keep this thing going! Have an NBA summer league – give these players a chance, let free agency begin, and lets have a great season starting next November!

    I don’t know why but I have a strong gut feeling (and my gut is huge unfortunately-yeah I’m fat so what) that we WILL NOT have an NBA lockout and David Stern is going to get this deal done!

    Just remember global game…global money… no need for a lockout…there is enough money to go around TWICE for both sides to be happy…lets do this

    • ibejeph - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      I couldn’t agree with you more.

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