With the owners threatening to revert back to a draconian offer without a deal soon and with the players threatening union decertification, the proposal could be the best, final chance to save much of the NBA season. Stern said the offer – which includes a 50-50 revenue split for the players and owners – was made in the context the season would begin on Dec. 15 and have 72 games. The start of the playoffs and NBA Finals would each be pushed back a week under the revised schedule.
"It’s not the greatest proposal in the world, but I have an obligation to at least present it to our membership," union executive director Billy Hunter said.
At least Billy Hunter didn't reject the offer outright like he did last time. So I guess that's progress. At this point, with players set to lose paychecks any day now, I'm pretty confident that enough of a majority of players will vote to accept the deal.
There are going to be loud cries from the hardliner group that Paul Pierce was rallying last week, but I wonder how much of that was bluffing to give the players some amount of leverage.
The owners already got the players to give and give and give (at least in relation to the last bargained agreement) and it seems like they want that last pound of flesh as well. In short, they want total victory and in fact some of the hardliner owners won't even be happy with the 50/50 split, but oh well.
I'm sure it isn't a great deal for the players but as of now I really don't care. Just get a deal done or decertify and put us all out of our misery.
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