Ultimatums never really work well, but that's what's on the table now.
Commissioner David Stern gave NBA players an offer and a deadline: Accept a chance to earn up to 51 percent of basketball-related income by Wednesday or get ready for a deal that's a whole lot worse. He wouldn't call it an ultimatum, but it didn't sure sit well with the union.
Kessler said the proposal was really 50.2 percent for the players and called the chance of them ever reaching 51 percent a "fraud" and an "illusion."
Of course the players are indignant. It gets worse too, not just the situation, but the offer.
If the players don’t agree by Wednesday to accept the proposal – which Stern described as including a revenue split that could give the players as much as 51 percent and as little as 49 percent – then the owners’ new offer would drop to 47 percent of basketball-related income for the players and include a “flex” salary cap.
Sounds like we could hit a brick wall on the season as early as Wednesday.
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