Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 3:17 pm  |  8 responses

Tuesday Last Chance To Avert Lockout

The biggest gulf exists in profit sharing and the type and level of salary cap—another ominous sign that the League will undergo a labor stoppage come June 30. From the NYT: “Stern made that declaration Friday after a five-hour bargaining session that produced agreement on one key item — the preservation of guaranteed contracts. But the talks did not bridge the huge gulf on financial issues that divide players and owners. The process now comes down to a single meeting and whether the parties can make enough progress to justify further sessions. If a new labor deal is not adopted by June 30, the owners will impose a lockout that is expected to be lengthy and costly. ‘It’s just important because of the substance of our conversations today,’ Stern said of Tuesday’s meeting, ‘and because time is running out, and because both parties still remain, at least to me, intent on doing the best they can to make a deal before June 30.’”

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  • LLC#12

    If there is a lock-out, will NBA players be prohibited from competing in this summers eurobasket?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Let’s pray to the basketball gods we’ll get a season !

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    I don’t like taking any sides in this, to me both owners and players are insanely enough. Compare that to the fans and they just look like greedy bastards.

  • Heals

    Interesting as from what I’ve read those same issues (profit sharing and the type and level of salary cap) are just as divisive amongst the owners. LAL, Bos, Mia, NY, etc. all want a higher cap than smaller franchises. Likewise they don’t want split as much of their profits with other lesser earning/valuable clubs. Lastly those same clubs are at odds about a hard cap (Higher spending teams want more exceptions when they are maxed out financially, less luxury tax). So yeah the players and owners got alot of work to do, but that doesn’t mean the owners are “all for one” in this fight either…

  • MikeC.

    @LLC#12 – from what I understand, as long as it’s an amateur competition like the World Championships or Olympics, the players are allowed to play. The problem comes from players not wanting to play in international competition during a lockout in case they get hurt. If they’re locked out, they don’t have access to their NBA franchise’s medical teams. Oh, so you blew out your knee playing in an international basketball competition? You’ll have to fill out this form and wait in the walk-in clinic. Someone will be with you in 17 days.

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

    ^ True, unless that player happens to be the franchise player.

  • Ryan

    I hope that we lose the whole season and that when the NBA comes back we have only 24 teams… of course I also hope that they make it affordable to go to a game and transform the Thunder back into the Sonics while burying Clay Bennett in a shallow grave, so, ah we’ll see how it goes.

  • http://NBA.com/bulls The Babe

    ^ lol