NBA Owners Decline Labor Meeting With Players Union
NBA Commissioner David Stern told the player union the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if no CBA is signed by Monday, and recent reports indicate that the elimination of regular season games is quite possible. The parties have not scheduled an official labor meeting, and the the owners have just refused to gather with the union on Monday.
The players union is planning a meeting among themselves Saturday in Miami and Monday in Los Angeles, but their request to gather in New York instead was rejected by the owners.
According to the union, the owners said they would only meet if the players agreed to a 50-50 BRI split; however, the union declined the proposal. There was some optimism heading into the weekend that the sides would sign a new CBA by Monday, but this latest lockout news indicates that the owners are not willing to give players a split of over 50%.
Nevertheless, NBA fans should still stay optimistic as labor talks can change in any second. Sunday could see the end of the work stoppage, and who knows, Stern and Billy Hunter may ink a deal before the Monday deadline.