Friday , Oct , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Players, Owners to sign new CBA on Friday?

I think we’re within reach (on system issues), within striking distance of getting a deal,” Hunter said. There are still big hurdles ahead, ones that could mean negotiations will need to go through the weekend or even into next week.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Owners and players don’t have a new labour deal, but they’re close.

Commissioner David Stern and Union Head Billy Hunter were caught joking together at a recent press conference. Such a sight would have been unthinkable a few days ago.

Work is still to be done. For instance, the two sides have yet to discuss the split of Basketball Related Income, deciding to focus on system issues the last few days.

For months, BRI was the elephant in the room. The split of revenue was a point of contention, so perhaps it’s overly optimistic to think this sticking point can be resolved in one short day.

However, the two sides have momentum.

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