Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  5 responses

Roger Mason Jr.: Players Will Not Accept Hard Salary Cap

Despite the sense of urgency surrounding this weekend’s crucial labor talks, NBPA executive vice president Roger Mason Jr. insists that players won’t agree to a hard cap proposal by the owners. From ESPN: “While NBA owners and players broke from their labor talks on Thursday to observe the Jewish New Year, perhaps the holiday inspired some new approaches heading into Friday’s critical meeting in New York City. Because if not, both sides will know they’re ‘very, very close to a point where games will be canceled if we don’t have a deal,’ according to NBPA executive vice president and New York Knicks combo guard Roger Mason Jr. ‘David Stern knows that there’s some deadlines coming up, so there’s a sense of urgency coming up,’ Mason Jr. said while on his way to the airport on Thursday afternoon for his flight to NYC. ‘There’s actually a sense of urgency beyond belief because we know that training camp is right around the corner.’ Mason Jr. said no matter what happens this weekend, the most important thing the owners know is that the players are not going to fold on the hard salary cap. ‘We’re not going to allow the soft cap to take on the system,’ Mason Jr. said. ‘I’m hopeful that even with whatever system changes they want to make, that stays intact because I know what our guys want to do.’ Mason Jr. said where the union has shown a willingness to compromise has been with the issue of Basketball Related Income (BRI), as they’ve loosened their reins from 57 to 54 percent. And he’s adamant the union will not go lower. He’s hopeful this weekend that the divide in revenue split will be tackled. The NBPA has considered other negotiating tactics to counter the stalled talks, including decertification, which Mason Jr. said had been ‘brought up quite a bit’ among the group. But he said their priority is to still work directly with the owners. ‘Up until to this point, we haven’t really made as much progress as we’d like,’ Mason Jr. said, ‘but I’m hoping that the first time we can make progress is this weekend.’”

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  • bull22

    rashard lewis made a good point, he did not ask for his contract and that owners need to have self-control.. HARDCAP is needed, number one to control the owner for his own stupidity in spending and number two to prevent average stars like gilbert arenas and joe johnson,etc from getting paid big money to produce nothing…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    In the latest proposal by the owners, they were ok with a soft cap as long as the luxury tax was raised. The fight now is over guaranteed contracts and BRI. I still think that guaranteed contracts should be shortened from 6/5 years to 5/4 years and that the revenue split should be 50-50. I also think the key thing holding up these talks is revenue sharing amongst the owners. We’ll see just how far apart the sides really are or if it was all just posturing.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Co-sign.

  • NAS

    @bull22 In what industry do business owners need to have a rule in place to protect against their own stupid spending? Each owner should be able to NOT run their business into the ground; its pretty straightforward really

  • NAS

    The players union is exactly the same as any other union going against a firm or business trying to protect their rights (albeit it much richer) they should not give ground and stay together until the owners fold no matter how much it costs them