Proposed 72 game season starting on dec 15th. I dont understand why union are waiting til next monday or tuesday to present offer to the Player reps when you can easily get people who cant get to NY by say saturday, hooked up on conference call. Judging by Hunter's statements and tone during press conference, they will eventually accept this deal. I think the "silent majority" will now push Reps & Union to accept deal. After 2.5yrs both sides are sick of talking.
Well...the whole question is "who" is driving the team bus. If the union reps feel there is no league wide vote, then there will be none. Regardless IF a majority of players feel the extra games mean real live pay...they have given up the opportunity to vote by having the reps make the decision as to a vote or no vote. Are player reps overwhelmed by agents or more vocal players? We will never really know for sure how the league, the players themselves, feel in total without a vote. This is just like listening to polls taken in the world of politics. 49 percent of the public says this, 60 percent that. Really??? NOT until a real vote is ever taken do we ever know for sure. But I will tell you this...sooner or later I will get on with my life...with or without basketball. I miss it, but am growing weary of this bait and switch with my emotions. Get on with the season or get on with decertification. Let the game of basketball begin, OR the game of lawyers against lawyers. I do feel sorry the game has been taken over by agents. THAT is the REAL reason the owners are doing this. They want their game and businesses back from the hands of agents.
I think the 4 days is more about the 30ish days before the proposed start of the season. They are giving the players as much time as possible to look at the deal so they can react immediately if the deal is refused. I'm thinking the decertification movement's depth will be tested, then, if it passes, that will in turn test the owners.
Proposing a 72 game season will cause the players to miss only one paycheck. It Will make it hard for the Reps to knock this proposal back. Even though Stern didnt state it this is the NBA's final best offer. If they leave it to the hands of the court system through decert, that will likely wipe out this season and maybe even next season with appeals going back and forth. Even though its not the deal they want, it will be silly to knock it back because the players will stand to lose more through a lost season or two.
Time will tell. There are more possibilities that those mentioned here. They've argued for 6 weeks past where the soft deadline for killing some regular season games maybe and have gained 3% in BRI, so $0 - $120m a year for 6 - 10 years at the cost of 10 games at the 47% split, so about $230m, plus got some system concessions. they can easily lose a few more weeks if they get the system they want compared to the offer that was given to them. Also, they are costing the owners that same amount of money. Measuring from their ideal deal is improper; it is not achievable. What is achiebable is what was being offered to them. The owners are sticking it to them for sure, but that's unavoidable . . . the waiting is very much worth it for them. And don't underestimate the power of the NBPA. The owners have bent and bent and bent. They may be done bending, but they bent because the NBPA is powerful, even without antitrust law to use.