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NBA Lockout Seems Likely With League, Players Still Far Apart
Published January 3, 2011
An NBA work stoppage after the current CBA expires on July 1 is a "virtual certainty," and fans "won't start to see how reasonable anyone is prepared to be before August," according to Mark Heisler of the L.A. TIMES. With 30 days "needed to start up" an NBA season, Sept. 1 is the "first real deadline to open the season on time." If the NBA and NBPA do not reach agreement by Sept. 21, "there goes Thanksgiving." If it "goes that long," that would indicate NBA Commissioner David Stern "really thinks the model is broken, as opposed to merely wanting more for his side." NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter called Stern's insistence that the league will lose around $400M this season "baloney," and he added, "I wouldn't use the word again, but the things they're asking for are nonstarters." Hunter: "We haven't gotten $1 more than what we were supposed to. The deal has been in place for 12 years (with the 2005 agreement essentially tweaking the 1999 deal) and all of a sudden it doesn't work? We find that incredible." Heisler noted industry sources contend that Stern "really wants a 50-50 split of revenue, as currently defined." Stern said, "The situation is what it is at the time of bargaining -- and it finds us with many unprofitable teams. And although the owners have pledged to each other there will be revenue sharing, right now when you're in a loss situation, there's no revenue to share" (L.A. TIMES, 1/2).
CAN'T SEE THE STARS? In Orlando, Brian Schmitz reported the '12 NBA All-Star Game at Amway Center "could be wiped out, a casualty of a lockout this summer that could extend through 2011." When a lockout in '99 forced the cancelation of that season's All-Star Game in Philadelphia, Stern "promised then that Philly would regain the game as soon as possible," ultimately awarding the city the event in '02. Stern already has "assured Orlando officials that this also would be the case if the 2012 event has to be rescheduled" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/2).