So much for progress. Players and owners came out of a four hour bargaining session, the third multi-hour session in four days, to say there wasn't enough progress to continue. Union chief Billy Hunter even suggested the possibility that there will be no talks for weeks. David Stern said that unless there is deal by Monday, which is highly unlikely, he will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season. The league canceled preseason after the bargaining session.
But both Ken Berger and Chris Sheridan suggest the two sides are not that far apart, with Berger offering a detailed look at what happened and reporting, "Though no additional negotiations are scheduled and the process now enters the dangerous and unpredictable phase where any slipups could jeopardize a large chunk of the regular season, the two sides are closer than they publicly divulged." Sheridan describes the challenge of getting to a deal "a layup."
Players said they had offered to reduce their guarantee of basketball-related income from 57 to 53 percent, which they said would have given owners back more than $1 billion over six years. But the owners' offer, according to Berger, came in a range of 49-51 -- with 49 percent guaranteed and a cap of 51 percent.
- NBA games in jeopardy as talks breakdown over money - Brian Mahoney - AP
- First two weeks of season to be canceled if no deal Monday, David Stern says - ESPN - Henry Abbott - ESPN New York
With nearly all of $8 billion gap closed, season can be saved - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
N.B.A. Likely to Lose Games as Bid to End Lockout Fails - Howard Beck - New York Times
- NBA on brink of canceling start of season - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Progress made in NBA talks - Chris Sheridan - Sheridan Hoops
A 50/50 split may be best deal out there - Zach Lowe - Sports Illustrated
The owners get what they want, will now wait for the players to crumble - Kelly Dwyer - Ball Don't Lie
NBA labor meeting breaks with no deal; rest of preseason canceled - Sean Deveney - Sporting News
First Two Weeks Of Regular Season Will Be Cancelled Without NBA Lockout Deal By Monday - Tom Ziller - SB Nation