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NBA owners, players union meet, will do so again Friday

Jun 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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Just as rumors are starting to swirl around that the NFL may have labor peace on the horizon, the NBA is gearing up for its lockout.

There will be one, but the two sides are still meeting. They did so Tuesday and will have a bigger meeting Friday, reports Chris Sheridan of ESPN.

It’ll be the first large meeting since the sides met in Dallas during the NBA Finals, after which union attorney Jeffrey Kessler disclosed that the union had proposed giving underperforming teams an extra draft pick to help them become more competitive.

The owners’ focus, however, is on the financial part of the new labor agreement, and sources told ESPN.com that the owners have not moved off their demand for the players to give up approximately $750 million from the $2.1 billion in basketball-related income they earned last season.

The two sides are a long, long ways away.

The NFL deal — for all the nastiness of that battle — might be the model of hope for the NBA. Not in terms of structure of the deal but in terms of how the deal seems to be getting done. While those two sides fought like teenage sisters in recent months, when the pressure of a potential delay of training camps and a loss of games became real things got done (or are getting done). That is what we are left to root for NBA fans, that by mid-to-late September union director Billy Hunter and NBA Commissioner David Stern can hammer out a deal and next season starts on time.

  1. tashkalucy - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    There won’ be an NBA season in 2011-12.

    Owners are tired of players and their agents running the league — from where they play to who the GM and coach are.

    The owners invested their money and put it at risk. The players and their agents invested nothing.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    There will never be another NBA season like we have seen the last 15 years again. The next NBA we see will be with lower-paid players and a HARD salary cap. The days of the 6 year $138 million dollar contract are behind us. 4 years maximum on contracts will be the rule as well.

  3. randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    To be honest F the owners – its the players who are playing an 82 game season + playoffs…

    its the players who take the hits from players like Brian Cardinal (see Bosh game 6 face rake)

    I’m no Mark Cuban fan, but the man took a franchise that was irrelevant and put them on a string of playoff runs the past 10 years…

    I think the majority of the owners like the NFL, inherited daddys money & dont know JACK about the game of basketball or business for all that sake…

    they know 1 thing – GREED.

    owners dont like it- sell your team & do other things with your life. BOTH NBA AND NFL OWNERS STOP RUINING OUR AMERICAN SPORTS…

    yeah players want big $$$ bc you get a TON off the TV contracts…

  4. mistercharitystripe34 - Jun 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    At least the Union and the League are speaking on quiet terms, rather than in the NFL where for two months straight it was like a shouting match between high-schoolers. Long-term contracts are going to dissapear, and I’m sure they’re going to alter the trade machine rules. I wouldn’t be shocked if the whole “expiring contract” system gets shafted.

    • randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:37 PM

      i agree.

  5. easyeddie - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Two words you’ll come to hate, NBA fans: Jeffrey Kessler.

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