Stern proclaimed officially Friday there is no longer a chance of squeezing in an 82-game schedule with a Dec. 1 starting date. However, multiple sources predict a 78-game slate will be staged if the sides compromise on the revenue split by next weekend. The final schedule has to be an even number, sources said.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It wouldn’t be a full season, but it would be close.
If owners and players can quickly bridge the two percent difference on Basketball Related Income, the league would begin a 78 game season in early December.
Sure, it would be a month late and fans would lose four games. 78 games sounds appealing considering there was a strong chance of missing an entire season.
The question is if the two sides can, or will, compromise on the last stages of negotiations before further damage to the league and sport is done.
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