David Stern spoke to NBA players through the media once again, as his ultimatum draws closer, and the commish insists that it makes perfect sense for the players to take the deal as it stands today. From the AP: “NBA players are facing a Wednesday afternoon deadline to accept the league’s current proposal or face a harsher one that calls for rolling back their salaries, and Commissioner David Stern said Monday ‘the only rational thing to do is for us to make that deal. We think that there’s a great offer on the table and what we told the players is it’s getting late, the only rational thing to do is for us to make that deal because given what’s going on in our business and our industry, it’ll get worse from there,’ Stern said during an interview on ESPN. That proposal calls for players to receive anywhere between 49 and 51 percent of basketball-related income, though players argue it would be nearly impossible for them to get anywhere above 50.2. Stern said the next one will call for a 53-47 split in the owners’ favor, along with essentially a hard salary cap. The second proposal also calls for ‘existing contracts rolled back in proportion to system changes in order to ensure sufficient market for free agents,’ a person who has been briefed on its contents told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contents were supposed to remain private.”
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