Sunday , Nov , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Players,Owners Hope to play by Christmas?

Two people who have been briefed on the NBA’s strategy said there remains "optimism" that a deal with the players can be struck in time to start the season no later than Christmas. And the league and players may already have started the process of returning to negotiations.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s not a sound strategy.

Reports are surfacing that owners and players hope they’ll settle their differences, sign a new CBA, and start the season on Christmas Day.

This, of course, would be ideal. The Christmas Day games are when casual fans tune out the NFL and tune in the NBA.

Relying on hope is problematic. There’s too much bad blood between the two sides, who – despite finding common ground on Basketball Related Income – appear willing to blow up the entire league over the last dollars in negotiations.

So hope is not enough. Owners and players need to meet. Owners and players need to talk. And owners and players need to compromise.

If fans miss games on Christmas, they`ll give the NBA a lump of coal in return for many years.

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