Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  37 responses

Report: NBA Labor Deal 95% Done

Despite yet another breakdown in labor talks last week, leading to yet another round of game cancellations, the NBA lockout may be a lot closer to the end than it otherwise appears. But that small 5% gap between the two sides won’t be easy to overcome, reports the NY Times: “The new N.B.A. labor deal is practically done. You wouldn’t know it from the headlines, the dour news conferences or the apocalyptic rhetoric spilling from league officials. But the deal, in practical terms, is about 95 percent complete. The N.B.A. and the players union have agreed on contract lengths and luxury-tax rates, trade rules and cap exceptions, and a host of oddly named provisions offering ‘amnesty’ and ‘stretch payments’ and less onerous ‘base-year’ rules. All of these pieces — some favoring the players, most of them favoring the owners — have fallen into place in recent weeks, even as talks collapsed and restarted and collapsed again. The checklist has been reduced to a few items. But it is the last 5 percent that is ruining the prospects for labor peace and gradually eroding the N.B.A. season. Four weeks of games are gone, and more could fall, because owners and players are still fighting over how to split $4 billion in revenue. The league wants a 50-50 split. The players want 52.5 percent. In real terms, they are separated by about $100 million a year — a hefty sum, but small in the context of these negotiations. They were once 20 percent and hundreds of millions apart. The difficulty in closing the gap is psychological and financial.”

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  • Overtime

    Come on….

  • AD

    until i see LOCKOUT OVER i will not belive it ……. The was supposed to shake hands last weekend smh

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    51-49 split in favour of the players; it’s a symbolic gesture more than anything, but the difference is there. Everyone wins.

  • Danny_W_UK

    Co-sign Omphalos

  • LA Huey

    I’m sure the players would go for a 50-50 split if that portion of the league revenue they get to withheld from the BRI get put into the pot.


    Both sides will come together and agree on a new CBA, and the season will start on December 1st on TNT. ILLUMINATI got nothing on me.

  • Buddahfan

    I have heard that the agents are putting a lot of pressure on Hunter to hold the line at 52% or above.

    On the other hand I have heard that Kobe would be willing to settle for 50%. He is chasing Michael in career scoring numbers.and the more games that are missed the more it hurts Kobe.

    We all know how competitive Kobe is and he needs another ring and to surpass Michael’s scoring numbers if he is ever to be considered the greatest NBA player ever.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    95 percent, huh? Nothing to be optimistic about there. Doesn’t mean a damn thing.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    that 5% being the 5% that is driving this whole lockout. lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    78% of these type percentages are made up on the spot. 62% of the population knows this.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    14% are too drunk too care.

  • Fat Lever

    The S*x Panther cologne has a higher success rate than this lockout.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • VanCityBBall

    Sound familiar anybody? stern giving a gilmse of hope for fans and players…. give it a week then BAMM down hill again, i’ll believe it when i see it from both sides. (players AND owners)

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I have a hard time believing that the BRI only accounts for 5% of the deal. Despite all the crap about wanting competitive balance that the owners have been spewing for the past 2months, the BRI has always been the biggest thing on their minds.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    There are hundreds of factors in the lockout. The BRI is 90% of the money, but only a small portion of the actual

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    3% are so desperate for hoops, they shelled out the Euros for the Euroleague package.

  • Chukaz

    The 5% missing is LeBron James agreeing to suck from now on n not winning anything as requested by Dan Gilbert

  • bike

    It’s probably all down to pride at this point. Both sides want to walk away from this not appearing like they lost and the other side won.

  • P.barr

    I dont wanna get blue balls again..

    I will believe it when it happens..

    So stop teasin!!!!

  • robb

    I hope this is not another pump fake by Stern

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    95% here think the Slam rankings were really crappy this year. 1% think that JR Smith will avg a triple-double in China(If the govt will allow the box scores to be published)

  • http://Wikipedia.org Eddie1

    @iamorange you know nothing … Nothing of the illuminati

  • EtheKnickFan

    Charge fans $.75 to use restrooms at all arenas. Take $.10 off price of beers. WahLaa Lockout done! All sides agree say Aye, “AYE” All opposed say Nay,(crickets) Done! League is back, The fan will be screwed, and Darth Stern,while breathing heavy,will mutter; “All is good”

  • razilla tha beast

    60% of the time it works, everytime

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I wonder if Eddie gets “illuminati google alerts”


    @Eddie *chuckles* you know nothing. . . nothing of REALITY.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    fat lever for the win

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Caveman with the Lincoln quote. Masterful.

  • http://slamonline.com Big D

    the dividing of the $4 billion seems bigger than a 5% problem.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The deathstar is almost fully operational…

  • jayb

    great..lord helmet…than end this!! iwant a full season. and it can still be done and you know it!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    “The difficulty in closing the gap is psychological and financial.””
    What was it before? Chemical and magicakl?

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    get sht done man. so depressing. it’s oct 31. season should be starting tomorrow man! tomorrow!!!!! but now we gotta wait. idk what im going to do. im so bored. is that sad? probably lol but i dont care. i love the NBA

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    yeah Joey – I hear that. We all got mad jones for the NBA up in here…
    playing 2k12 isn’t cutting for me either….

  • http://www.tumblr.com arthurissupreme

    start it at 51% and increase that rate each following season. Let’s see how many bad contracts owners hand out now.