In CBA Talks, a Wednesday Deadline And Now a Decertification Vote?

After eight more hours of negotiations from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday morning, players and owners adjourned at 1:30 a.m. without a deal on a new CBA. What it did produce was a Wednesday deadline for the union to accept a owners' proposal based on suggestions by federal mediator George Cohen.

David Stern said the union's lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, had rejected the proposal by the owners on six key issues including the BRI split, the MLE, luxury tax, etc. Stern said he is not optimistic --but still hopeful-- the union would change its mind by the close of business Wednesday.  At that point, the owners would revert to a 52-47 BRI split in favor of the owners, among other things, as a starting point.

"Right now, we’ve been given the ultimatum," Derek Fisher, said in response. "And our answer is: that’s not acceptable to us." Union officials said they would not put the owners' proposal to a vote.

The players, led by its biggest stars, may now consider decertifying the union, which at this point would be the death knell for the season. Deron Williams tweeted from Turkey, "I’ve been ready to sign a decertification petition since July? Can’t believe we are just now going this route! SMH."

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