With discussions on a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement at an impasse, and no further talks scheduled at the present time, it appears that once again the cancellation of more regular season games are imminent. According to a report from the “New York Daily News” the Association has decided to cut two more weeks off the regular season schedule, cancelling games through November 28. The announcement was expected to be made on Tuesday, but as of Tuesday evening no official statement has been issued.
The biggest stumbling block between the two sides, is that NBA Team Owners want the NBA Players Association to agree to a 50/50 split of revenue coming into the Association, without them knowing the details of a new salary cap. Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter, says it would be unfair to the players he represents to agree to any such arrangement.
Hunter was a guest on a podcast on ESPN.com and told the show’s host Bill Simmons, that he could not in good conscience agree to those conditions up front. He said “I will call them to see if they want to get back together. But if they still say they’ll only meet if I accept their 50-50 (proposal), to me that’s a non-starter. I can’t agree to meet if I don’t know what is going to happen on the other issues. That is intolerable.”
With further negotiations not scheduled at this time, the Association’s Christmas Day schedule is in danger of being cancelled. That would mean some very high-profile games and the high TV ratings for the networks that broadcast them would fall by the wayside.