Saturday, November 19th, 2011 at 3:31 pm  |  21 responses

Report: NBA Optimistic About Christmas Start To Season

December 25 seems like the date thrown around most for the start of the ’11-12 season. That’d be a Christmas gift indeed. Reports CBS Sports: “Two people who have been briefed on the league’s strategy told CBSSports.com the NBA is holding out hope a settlement can be reached in time for the season to begin no later than Christmas. One of those people said the process already is under way through what he described as ‘back-channeling,’ although sources from both sides professed no knowledge of such conversations. A third person said that based on how vendor contracts and other financial arrangements were put in place, starting the season by Christmas would be optimal as far as preserving those relationships, and of course, revenues. Multiple people who have spoken with top NBA officials about the matter said it is understood that starting the season after Christmas is not viewed as a viable option. ‘The 50-game season like they had in ’98-99, the league doesn’t want that,’ one of the people briefed on the NBA’s strategy said. ‘I don’t know that there’s an appetite for a 50-game season,’ another person familiar with the league’s position said.”

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  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    Well, this came out of left field.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    i hope so, but im certainly not getting my hopes up

  • Maniac

    I think it’s just talk…

  • P.barr

    Another bull crap

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Not gonna happen..

  • Robleh

    Man they need to shut the hell up and just be about it not talk bout it

  • Thomas

    there will be a season and I know it!!!

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    You have as good of a chance at seeing Santa himself than an NBA game this Christmas.
    All I can say to this is Baaaahahhahhaha – no chance they kick it off December 25th.

  • cball

    This is like the boy who cried wolf. theyve gotten our hopes up to many times, they got us sitting at the end of the seat but now I just do not care anymore

  • Bt

    Christmas 2012 maybe

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Look the owners are just taking as much as they can get. You don’t think they don’t know their being unreasonable to the players? The hardline owners do not want to miss out on their money, they are called greedy for a reason. the players have made concessions on the majority of what they wanted. As soon as it’s time for season or no season, the owners or should I say David Stern, will deliver a deal. And his legacy will be what he wants it. Atleast that’s how I see this playing out.

  • shutupallenp

    I disagree, there will be no season if the players are smart. I can see the owners giving up on the season just to break the players down all the way. Stern will keep pushing till the cba resembles that of the nfl. You see the problem with dealing with a union is that when the money runs dry the working class will eventually cave, there will always be dissent amongst the financially dependent class, and the fact that the premium players are the commodity but also the minority doesnt bode well for a good deal that will effect the minority more (ex: who really cares where eddie house signs or big Z)

  • Danny_W_UK

    NBA Players are not partners, if the team goes bust, the players move onto another team. They’re employees, who are on strike. They need to STFU and play ball. Merry F**Kin Christmas.

  • http://twitter.com/yo_mister Jesse

    how exactly is it a strike if your employer locks you out?

  • L

    They need at least a month to get a free agent period and some kind of training before the start of the season.It means that they would have to have an agreement by next week to get a season starting at christmas..Like it’s gonna happen..L

  • robb

    I don’t see how

  • Danny_W_UK

    They’re offered a deal, they’ve refused. Good enough for me to call it a strike.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If you call it a strike then you don’t understand the lockout at all. At all.

  • Sean

    Players need to remember, its the league that made them big, that gave them publicity, that made them into what they are. Sure they have natural talent but what is talent without competition? Well that’s what we are seeing now.. Players want a 50/50 on revenue? To me and most reasonable people this is clear cut greed. A dispute of greed between players and owners. Both are earning more than enough money to have an amazing life, much better than you and I the average people. But these players think that the millions they receive is not enough. They need to swallow their pride, eat a bit of humble pie, be happy with the millions they already have, and give back to their fans and the league that have made them what they are. Lets play ball. Or you won’t have fans left to back your league.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    They are taking a huge paycut “relative to the average person” – which shouldn’t be part of this analogy. Earned revenue is earned revenue. And if your doing almost all of the actual work that attracts revenue then it is only logical that you would want atleast 50% of the income. If not, then I want you to come do some work for me, I’ll pay you less than you actually earn, and I won’t let you try and go find a job at a place that actually will, see how you feel.

  • LA Huey

    “Both are earning more than enough money to have an amazing life, much better than you and I the average people. But these players think that the millions they receive is not enough.” These people made the sacrifices and decisions to put themselves in that situation. They were motivated to make more, you weren’t. Your resentment of them is distorting your view of the actual situation.