Life could not get much better right now for anyone associated with the NBA. It has been an incredibly exciting and entertaining Post Season and the NBA Finals after four games has been an absolute classic. The series is tied at 2-2 with Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade are trying to carry their clubs to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy. TV ratings have been solid for the entire Post Season as the match-ups have drawn viewers across the nation.
With all the great things that are happening for the Association right now there is still a dark cloud lurking in th background. That is the possibility of a lockout by NBA Team Owners starting July 1, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires. Hoping to avoid a work stoppage the “Associated Press” has reported that NBA Team Owners and players had a five-hour meeting on Wednesday to see if they could hammer out an agreement.
NBA Commissioner David Stern told reporters that nothing was agreed on during the negotiating session but he took it as a positive that the two sides are trying to come up with a compromise that is acceptable for all sides. Stern said “I just take it as a real positive that we’re continuing to meet. When you have parties like this, it’s just as easy if you don’t think that there’s the possibility of a breakthrough to say, ‘All right, let’s pack it in and let’s go home.’ But nobody on either side wanted to go home.”
According to reports the two sides are far apart on a variety of issues which include a hard salary cap as well as Team Owners wanting current contracts to be reduced monetarily. The players union filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board last month asking for an injunction to keep a lockout from occurring.