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NBA owners could vote to approve lockout Tuesday

Jun 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

David Stern AP

The NBA’s Board of Governors — which is made up of all the team owners — is gathering in Dallas Tuesday, and storm clouds may follow them.

At the heart of the day’s agenda is an update on negotiations with the NBA players union. Which will not be pretty, as the two sides remain hundreds of million apart. At that time the owners could vote to authorize a lockout starting on July 1. They don’t have to make this vote Tuesday, David Stern has said it could be done later via email, but it could come down Tuesday.

Also on the agenda, the owners will discuss revenue sharing. That is something the players have said is a key part of getting any new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place. Players have said if they are going to be asked to share the league’s financial pain (through salary rollbacks) then the teams making money need to as well. Stern has said that these are separate negotiations and the players should not have a seat at that table.

The fact that the two sides do not even agree if revenue sharing should be part of the CBA talks — and that topic is at best third on the list of biggest hurdles to a deal behind the split of Basketball Related Income and a hard salary cap — should be a pretty good sign that the lockout is coming. And it will be ugly.

We’ll see if that lockout gets approved on Tuesday or not. But it will soon, one way or another.

  1. ac0117 - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Don’t do it NBA! You saw what happened to the NHL! You saw what happened to the NFL! You’ve been down this road before! This is the most popular the NBA has been in the last 10+ years. I understand the model is broken but come up with something to at least delay a lockout.

    • nfl25 - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      dude the players aint gonna give in to any of the changes that need to be made unless there is a lockout and they start missing paychecks. in order to fix the nba the players need to agree to some changes. and there is no way they will agree to it until they feel like they have to give in a little.

      i would love no lockout but i dont see how they can get around it

      • ac0117 - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        Why would they have to agree to changes? The NBA is losing money because teams in small markets with dumb owners that give out ridiculous contracts are far in the red, and teams in big markets like the Lakers, Heat, Knicks, etc. are making a ton of money. Guess what the NBA doesn’t have….

        …Revenue sharing.

        Players’ are not going to concede a single thing until the NBA owners talk about revenue sharing.

  2. reddcowboys - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Don’t be stupid NBA!! Look how much the NFL is hurting. As well as the cities and the staff and family’s of the team. Lockouts are stupid. Why can’t you talk during the season to resolve issues.

  3. zblott - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    CBA and lockout primer if you haven’t been following all the issues:
    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2011/6/28/the-cba-the-lockout-the-basics.html

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