These are the logical next steps in a process that largely defies logic.
The news came only hours before players filed an antitrust complaint against the league in Minnesota, where NFL players had some level of success in a similar court proceeding this summer. The union also plans to file another complaint in California later Tuesday.
Oh yeah, and remember that 50/50 split the sides were so close on? Apparently at least 10 owners were quite unhappy with that arrangement.
According to sources within the NBA, the league’s labor relations board received a letter from 10 owners strongly opposed to the final offer Stern put on the table offering a 50-50 split. Owners for Indiana, Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Portland and Sacramento said in the letter that they feel that a 50-50 revenue split represents a bad deal for the owners.
So there's that.