But the daily discussions I've had with agents and players on this matter tell a different tale. While the sample size is equally insufficient, there are plenty of signs that a large portion of players just want to play and would be willing to do so with either a 50-50 split or something very close to it. And this is where the job of Hunter and his cadre gets so complicated.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Here’s where things get interesting.
Recently, the union refused Commissioner David Stern’s offer of a 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income. However, CNNSI reports that many players will accept a 50 percent share of BRI because they want a season.
Such fracturing is exactly what Stern and the owners are hoping for. The sooner the players feel the pressure, the sooner the players break, and the sooner the owners get the deal they want.
At least, that’s the theory. There’s a flip side.
The players that led the charge against accepting the owners` proposal last Tuesday are some of the game’s greatest stars.
They have power. They have leverage. They have resources. And they’ll use it.
This contingent could stall and delay progress on a new collective bargaining agreement, which means NBA basketball could be a long way away.
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