Rumor: Stern to cancel games until Christmas?
“Right now, Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday, just before my owners come into town, having brought in the labor relations committee and Billy (Hunter) having brought in his executive committee, it’s time to make the deal,” Stern said Thursday. “If we don’t make it on Tuesday, my gut—this is not in my official capacity of canceling games—but my gut is that we won’t be playing on Christmas Day.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The nightmare could get worse. A lot worse.
Commissioner David Stern is trying to gain leverage in negotiations by announcing he’ll cancel games until Christmas if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached by early next week.
Stern is essentially holding a gun to the players’ heads. He wants them to concede. He wants them to wave the white towel. He wants them to tap the mat.
And, most importantly, he wants them to agree to a 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income.
To get this, the league’s long-time boss is willing to risk the goodwill and appreciation of fans, the momentum of last year’s playoff and finals, and his own legacy.
It should be an interesting weekend.
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