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NBA owners, players to meet Wednesday afternoon

Nov 9, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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You knew — or at least hoped — the two sides would sit down one more time and talk before David Stern’s self-imposed deadline.

We’ll see if it does any good, but the two sides will meet around 1 p.m. Eastern in New York according to multiple reports (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke it).

The league is working on getting some owners to fly in for the meeting, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo.

Heading into the meeting the owners have put an ultimatum on the table, a take-it-or-leave-it offer that Tuesday the players said they would leave. The players want a few more tweaks to the system side and they would meet the owners at a 50/50 split of revenues (which is not really 50/50 because the owners take $600 million plus off the top, but we’ll let that go for now).

The ball is in the owners’ court. They can give a little more on system issues and allow a little more player movement and room for teams that want to spend to spend, or they can scuttle these talks and try their rollback offer that will almost certainly cost the entire season if they stick to it. It’s time to make a deal.

We’ll see if it happens, but at least they are talking.

  1. ch4wordpress - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    The Owners have to police themselves and look to themselves to right their own inefficient members of their rank

  2. spunjmunke - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    The players said that they would leave the offer knowing that the next one will be substantially less? This is why they play basketball, and don’t make real business decisions.
    Honestly, if my company was making me rich for playing a game I’d be grateful for the oportunity for as long as the system was solvant. So with that I’d say shut the hell up, and play ball. Instead the union cries about wanting more after it was shown that some teams are actually operating in a deficit.
    Meanwhile, unions that actually do something (and I use that term loosely) for the average worker are given a black eye because of the farces that are sports unions.

  3. mario1357 - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    I would like Kurt Helin to explain the difference between being a “hardliner” and being “principled”.

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