Well, I can't believe that they can't get something done this week. From everything I've heard, they're down to around just 4 different issues but this thing has dragged on for awhile and nothing would surprise me now. That being said, everyone knows what's at stake and I can't believe there aren't enough intelligent people involved that can ram this through. I will say this. I've been hearing a lot of stuff lately where the players don't want to be restricted in how much they can move around. Obviously, I've been going hard at limiting the MLE to teams below the lux tax and that limits where players can go but I just don't think it's that big a deal. 85% of the teams will be below the lux tax line so there will be plenty of MLE options out there.
A court case tomorrow could do anything to the situation. Depending on it, we may see movement. If not then, it'll be sometime between Monday and Monday, I think.
The players need to fold and Stern needs to do everything he can to keep this at 50/50. I've already stated how I think they way over report their losses and now we're hearing these excerpts from Hunter that state that the players really don't get 57% of BRI because of some confusing expense deal that I don't even want to bother learning about. The most important thing is the system issues. I could really care less about which side loses out monetarily. They all have more money then they need. The system issues need to be worked out and so far, I like what I see but I've been pushing for the MLE to be limited to the non tax teams. I've wanted that since before the last 2005 cba agreement. That would do wonders for parity. In short, the owners need to fold on now allowing sign and trade deals for tax payers. Give it to the players. Fold on limiting the amount for raises. I'm hearing they want between 5 & 7% and the players want it as high as 10. No big deal. Give that to the players. Whatever else is out there, give it up but stay firm on the MLE issue. Maybe even move from 50 to 51% for the players on BRI and get this done.