Players Union Refuses League’s Ultimatum
The NBA players gathered today in New York City for over four hours debating whether or not they should accept the league’s latest offer. 43 members took part in the meeting, with 29 of the 30 teams represented. Union President Derek Fisher said the offer was not good enough, and that the players hope to meet with the league again in an effort to agree on a better deal.
The league offered essentially a 50-50 BRI split, but the union still believes more concessions can be made on the system issues. By the looks of things, the economic issue is not the biggest hurdle, it is in fact the system.
“We’re open-minded on potential compromises on the number,” said Fisher, “but there are things in the system that are not up for negotiation for us to have a season.”
A sign-and-trade agreement and the numbers regarding the mid-level exception are still under debate, and the players would like to see these problems resolved. Luckily, union Chief Billy Hunter said he will reach out to NBA Commissioner David Stern sometime today or tomorrow to schedule a labor meeting before the 5 p.m. deadline.
The clock is ticking, and the players want to make one last push to sign a new CBA.