How it’s gotten to this point is multi-prong, which can be summarized in two categories: the owners and the players.
The owners want several concessions from the players. First, they want rollbacks in salaries upwards of $300 million. The owners also want un-guaranteed contracts and a bigger piece of the revenue pie (they want the players to receive less than 50%). In short, the owners want the players to help them save themselves from themselves.
In addition for not wanting to give the owners any of those things, the players want the owners to get their own house in order.
Here’s my unsolicited advice to the players and the owners: grow the hell up and get a deal done.
The NBA is coming off of one of its more exciting seasons in recent memory. The last thing it needs is to kill any momentum by canceling games the next season.
The NBA is risking alienating fans and achieving NHL-like levels of irrelevance. It took the NHL five seasons to get back any type of relevancy, though no one really cares.
Plus, in this crappy economy we Americans do not want to hear about millionaires and billionaires fight over how to split revenues – which is $4 billion.
NBA Commissioner David Stern and NBPA head Billy Hunter better come to their senses before its games will be fighting the NHL for airtime on Versus.