In a last-ditch effort to save the entire NBA season, the “New York Times” has reported that NBA Commissioner David Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, NBA Players Association President Derek Fisher and NBAPA Executive Director Billy Hunter will meet Sunday night to try to bridge the gulf between NBA Team Owners and players and to come to terms on a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Stern has said that if a new agreement is not agreed on by Monday that the Association will have to start cancelling games. The entire preseason has been scrapped, and with the regular campaign scheduled to get underway on November 1, the Sunday night negotiations will be critical.
The biggest stumbling block appears to be the division of revenue that is derived by the Association. Owners are offering a 50-50 split, while the Players Association want 53% of the revenue, down from the 57% that they earned last season. Although the NBA may be able to salvage a partial season if this session is not able to produce a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, in order to have an 82 game schedule it would make sense to need to have an agreement in place as soon as possible.