Talks between the NBA's owners and locked-out players ended for the day on Friday afternoon, and the elephant in the room the owners and players avoided over the past few days -- how to split revenue between the sides -- has turned out to be a troublesome issue, indeed.
While the two sides made major progress on the "system" issues, the split of basketball-related income is still holding up a deal, sources close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.
Follow the money.
Update: Looks like an 82 game schedule is out the window now (which I think is actually a silver lining).
With that said, without the pressure to squeeze in 82 games, the urgency to get a deal done might soften and this could drag on.
After negotiations broke down between the NBA players and owners yet again, commissioner David Stern wiped out games through Nov. 30, meaning the Celtics will not play any games for at least another five weeks.
Fine, just get this thing started in time for Christmas, run 50 or so games, and get us to the playoffs. Of course, the first step is getting these greedy millionares and billionares to unclench their fists from the money we fans pour into the sport.