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NBA Lockout Watch, Day 85: NBA Postpones Training Camps, Some Preseason Games
Published September 23, 2011
MEETING MINUTES: CBSSPORTS.com’s Ken Berger reported the NBA “put forth a new number on the split of revenues, or basketball-related income, on Thursday, a step that could help propel the talks forward even as the start of training camps were set to be delayed and preseason games canceled.” A source said, "It's moving. Not as fast as some people would want, but it's moving." Another source said that league negotiators “came back with their own number,” but “unsurprisingly, the number was lower than what the players had last proposed.” Berger reported for the “first time since their initial proposal in January 2010 -- when they offered a $45 million hard cap that would deliver the players well below 50 percent of BRI -- the owners proposed a revised BRI split that was closer to, but still below what the players have indicated they would be willing to accept.” In this “impossibly slow negotiating dance, that qualifies as progress.” Berger noted that the sides have until Oct. 14 “when regular-season games will be canceled without a deal” (CBSSPORTS.com, 9/22). The AP’s Brian Mahoney noted the lockout “is about to start inflicting damage on the preseason schedule -- and neither players nor owners can say what will happen to the real games.” The league is “at about the same point as when it postponed camps in 1998” (AP, 9/22).
GLASS HALF EMPTY? In N.Y., Howard Beck writes, “If body language and tone meant anything, the signs Thursday were discouraging.” The “usually talkative Fisher spoke for just two and a half minutes.” Stern, who celebrated his 69th birthday on Thursday, was “as dour as he has been since the lockout began three months ago.” He “turned more light-hearted when someone mentioned his glum demeanor.” Stern: “No, actually my demeanor is flat, because I don’t have anything to say” (N.Y. TIMES, 9/23). Celtics G Ray Allen said that he is “ready to give up the season if necessary to the NBA lockout.” Allen: "Nobody wants to miss a year. But I'm prepared to do what the team needs me to do, what my players association, players union team, what they need me to do, because we want to make sure we get the right deal for us" (AP, 9/22). In San Antonio, Mike Monroe notes the expected decision to postpone training camps “could move some key Spurs to join the growing list of players signing on with teams overseas” (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 9/23).