For the second time in 13 years the NBA will not play an 82-game season.
The NBA owners and players remain “a gulf apart” in their negotiations and the result was the league announcing the cancelation of the first two weeks of the season. Commissioner David Stern says that the owners are currently sitting on an offer that would give the players 47% of the league’s basketball-related income while the players are standing firm at 53%.
Worse still, this enormous disparity is reportedly not even the biggest issue.
As our own Tim Donahue has been saying since at least last spring, it’s the system, stupid. According to CBS NBA reporter Ken Berger, who was waiting on a sidewalk for the better part of seven hours waiting for the meeting to break, deputy commish Adam Silver said that the last two days of meets have centered on a vast divide not on economic issues but on the system. Berger added that Stern and Silver said that the “biggest system sticking points were contract length, length of CBA, use of exceptions by taxpaying teams … tax levels and the frequency of the tax.” (via a two-part tweet … tweet one and tweet two)
Again, this is what Tim has said would be the hangup. “Game were never going to be canceled over BRI,” he said in response to today’s downtrodden news. It’s foolish, but while people will kill for money, they will die for faith. And the system is a faith-based war.
The Pacers have now lost their fist seven games. I would be shocked if this number doesn’t continue to grow, but according to Stern, more cancellations are likely to come in two-week increments so we have another 14 days or so before the next round of disappointment arrives.
Here are the (three home and four road) games that fans will now not be able to watch.
November 2 @ Detroit
November 4 @ Oklahoma City
November 5 vs Boston
November 8 vs Houston
November 9 @ Milwaukee
November 11 vs Phoenix
November 12 @ New York
Happy Halloween from the NBA.
Rather than doing the jobs that they would normally be doing on All Hallows Eve, the players and owners are now free to dress up as a bunch of jerks — just like they did today.
Mike Dunleavy won’t be going as a jerk. He will once again wear this. Hopefully.