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Owners come to agreement on new revenue sharing plan

Oct 20, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

Mark Cuban, David Stern AP

The players demanded greater revenue sharing among the owners be part of the labor deal. The small market owners demanded it as well — they wanted the rich guys to share.

They got it, a new plan was approved in concept at Thursday’s Board of Governor’s meeting, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver told the assembled media. A final version of the plan will be in place once the owners approve the labor deal with players and know that split of revenues.

Silver also said that David Stern was sent home with the flu and likely would not be part of negotiation with the union on Thursday.

David Aldridge of (and TNT) had these tweets after the meeting.



Two thoughts: $150 million would be a near tripling of the $60 million that was shared last season. That should make players happy. However, big market owners had said they only wanted to share money that they saved under the new deal — they didn’t want to touch their existing profits. That they are sharing shows what they think they are getting out of the new labor deal.

Second, the owners may say that the revenue sharing was a separate process from the labor negotiations, but the players didn’t see it that way at all. The union wanted proof that the owners were working to share their burdens, not just balance their books on the backs of the players.

We’ll see if this deal satisfies them. If so, it is another step toward an agreement.

  1. thetooloftools - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Players need to know that more competitive teams + more fans + more teams hunting for playoff spots + way more interest = HUGE $$$$$$. A would grab that 50/50 BRI deal in a heart beat. It’s a win / win.
    How can it not be ?

    • b7p19 - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      “How can it not be ?”

      Because the players got 57% in the last deal. The players are going to lose this war. There will be no win/win here. They are likely going to lose 7% of the BRI. Thats a lot. Sharing helps offset it some, but not enough to consider it a win/win.

  2. southbeachtalent - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Stern was sent home, they’ll probably get a deal done..

  3. 140chrviolation - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Holy crap… Never mind BRI… Stern needs to worry about his BMI. When did that gut happen? I’m not trying to be be mean or flippant about this but I don’t remember him looking like that when he handed over the LOB trophy to Cuban. Here is to another reason to end the lockout soon.

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