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David Stern’s NBA deadline passes… and they are still talking

Nov 9, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

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David Stern threw down an ultimatum last Saturday night (early Sunday morning, actually) — accept our deal by 5 p.m. Wednesday or we are going to replace it with a deal so bad for players we might as well cancel the season. Okay, he didn’t say anything about canceling the season, but he might as well have.

Well the deadline has come and gone…. and nothing.

The owners and players are still negotiating in New York through the deadline. They had met for more than four hours Wednesday as of this writing.  The reality is the deadline was artificial anyway, so long as the sides are talking and making some progress they will keep going at it. Consider it the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett theory — It’s 5 O’ clock Somewhere.

If the talks blow up again maybe Stern will pull the current offer and put off the rollback offer out there, but for now nothing.

For now, we wait.

The players rejected the owners offer as is saying they would consider a 50/50 basketball related income split so long as the owners gave more on system issues such as the mid-level exception and luxury tax issues. Stern can make some tweaks to the offer, but not big ones.

We sit and wait to see if that is enough.

  1. eaglessuperfan - Nov 9, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Let’s Hope that Stephen A Smith is right for once in his life and that they are gonna get a deal out of this tonight. It is best for the players the owners and the fans.

    • darealrandolph - Nov 9, 2011 at 5:54 PM

      stephen a smith is almost right on everything
      he was the first to report kobe demanded a trade, vince want to leave toronto ,
      heat was creating a big 3 etc…..

      • stadix093 - Nov 9, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        Exactly what I was thinking Randolph.

      • eaglessuperfan - Nov 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        Well then that is a very good thing is it not! I am so pumped for BBall!!

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM

        Your pumped because the Eagles blow? Like the 6ers will be good… Says the Wolves fan

  2. larrybrown43 - Nov 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    God, I hope the settle this. I want to see six months of players going through the motions in the hopes of being one of 16 teams to play best out of 7 passionless, playoff games that only 3-4 teams have a realistic chance of winning a championship.

  3. acieu - Nov 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Stern while you have them down step on their throats. Don’t give an inch

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 9, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      Owners have won…now they are spiking the ball after another td already up 49-3

  4. tapefolie - Nov 9, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Who cares

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