There has been zero progress in NBA lockout negotiations between the union and owners since talks suddenly broke down last Friday.Which makes sense considering the union seemingly can’t even unite on a shared philosophy.
rumours persisted all week of a rift between player president Derek Fisher, union head Billy Hunter and the rest of the 430-member constituency. So the union gathered for over four hours Thursday to settle any potential differences of opinion.
And, if you trust the immediate statements following their meeting, things are back on track.
Roger Mason emerged to say leadership is “absolutely” unified and that the union is “100 per cent” behind Fisher. He also confirmed a Boston Herald report that talks with owners would resume Saturday in New York.
Hooray, right? Not so fast.
Mason also said the perception that a deal was 95 per cent done “is simply not true.” Making any chance of the two sides remarkably closing a deal this weekend a long shot.
Mason’s remark would fly in the face of the popular belief that the players and owners are anywhere close to settling the division of basketball related income. As of their last joint session, commission David Stern said owners would accept a 50-50 split while players haven’t budged from their 52.5 per cent hard-line stance.
But any talks are better than no talks.
And with each passing day, the likelihood of an NBA season lessens. Every failed negotiation moving forward means more revenue loss for owners and more player paychecks squandered.
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