On the heals of the Houdini’s attempt to psych himself up by being optimistic about the potential of NBA basketball, David Stern announced Friday that games have been canceled through November 30th.
The move does not come as a surprise, but it is a dose of reality for fans that this thing is not going away and with each passing day, we are getting closer to the potential of the complete schedule being wiped away.
Marathon negotiations have been happening over the last few days, but they broke off without much progress being made. The two sides have tabled the discussion of money and no real progress is going to be made until the matter of money is dealt with. The players seem willing to meet the owners in the 53-52% revenue share range, but the owners would need to make some serious concessions, on their end, if they hope to strike a deal. Each percentage point represents millions and the players should not have to give money back without getting anything back on return.
Some studies have shown that most teams tend to lose less money not playing games then if they actually played them. This reality tells us that this deal is not going to be made anytime soon. However, you just never know with these negotiations, the NFL deal gained some serious momentum at the end and the deal was pulled together rather quickly saving the season. Let’s just hope history repeats itself as the NBA lockout is starting to get more confusing than J-Lo endorsing Fiat.