NBA Lockout Next Year Almost Certain by Players’ Union
24 November 2010 | posted by: Martin Shaffer | 156 Comments
The deadlock remains but the parties made only one agreement; to meet in month’s time. The owners have maintained their stand on salary cuts, contract lengths, annual raises and rookie salaries.
The negotiations have taken more than a year and an end seems to be far away as no major breakthrough has been achieved. The league wants the players to have their salaries slashed but the players are saying no.
The salary cuts the players argue are too big and unfair as it has a cup. The current system has no cup but exceptions.
Why should we change what has been so productive? The players ask and the salaries have been going down in the last three years added to the fact that the projections show that the revenues are on the rise.
They all agree something needs to change but are not yet sure what it is, but one thing is sure; not the current deal.
The players made a proposal in July but are yet to have a feedback on it. It is believed the players’ deal is a good one and has been accepted by some owners while others have been uncooperative.
Both parties are also in agreement that a deal must be struck by February and avoid a similar scenario like that of 1998 of first work stoppage. The players are sure that were it for the stubbornness of the owners a deal can be struck long before then, just get a reasonable deal.
On a lighter note the NBPA plans to distribute turkeys to over 8,000 families to all NBA cities. This has already happened in some the rest will soon to be reached.