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Stern: Current proposal provides 72-game season

Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:58 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 12:06 am
 
By Matt Moore 

Following the eleven-hour meeting between the NBPA and NBA Thursday, we entered a new phase. The owners have presented an offer they won't describe as their "last, best offer," but with the threat of the "cap reset" offer looming as David Stern says the owners would revert to that proposal without acceptance of the current offer, it's effectively do or die time for the NBA season and the labor negotiations. And during his comments to the press afterwards, David Stern presented details on what the season would look like if the current deal is accepted by the union. From our recap of comments from both sides:
"I would not presume to project or predict what the union will do. I can hope, and my hope is that the events of next week will lead us to a 72-game schedule, starting on December 15."

NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said that the 72-game schedule would be made possible by pushing the NBA playoffs back one week.
via Community - CBSSports.com.

This little nugget provides three very important elements.

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The first is that this is a very concerted effort on the part of Stern to put the onus and pressure back on the union. By dropping this information into the presser, fans will only see the idea of losing just ten games after over a month and a half of lost time. They'll react strongly with the carrot in front of them of a 72-game season. It allows for most of a season, makes ticket holders and league-pass-watchers happy. 

Second, it's a carrot for the players as well. They're paid a prorated amount this year depending on how many games are lost. Only losing ten games means quite a bit of money for the players. Those players that are thinking short-term, who are hurting for cash with paychecks lost, are likely to isolate that bit of information as important and it may push them towards voting to accept the deal, if a vote is held.

And finally, it's not a bad plan. It doesn't cram too many games into a limited space, especially with both the playoffs and Finals moved a week back. It gets the fans, players, teams most of the games, it controls the damage from the lockout. It coincides with the most games won in NBA history, and it's a symbol that the two sides are so close to a deal, it's painful.

It's up to the players to decide if it's time to end the fight and accept the loss they've taken in a brutal series of negotiations they were handicapped from the start in, or if the choice is to detonate the remaining 72-games on the table.

As always, we continue to wait.

Today is day 133 of the NBA Lockout.
Comments

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:48 am
 

Stern: Current proposal provides 72-game season

What a bunch of egotistical, self centered, prima-donna's. When will the fans wake up and tell these athletes we don't need you. It saddens me that we have put such value upon these players. Are they talented? No doubt. Could I do what they do (on the same level). No! But let me make a point. No playe ris worth a million, let alone multi-milliions of dollars for playing a game!!! This sport has no eternal value, it is fleeting or temporal at best. I look around at true hero and people really making a difference such as policemen, firemen, teachers, pastors and their pay is a mere pitence of what they are really worth. How about all the veterans and current military personnel who risked or are risking their lives to keep us safe. DO US ALL A FAVOR...DON'T AGREE TO THE CONTRACT!!! Quit playing the game for your current meager salaries...we fans feel so sorry for you. At some point someone needs to ask the question...how much is enough...reminds me of the multi-millioniare who was asked that question..how much is enough? His reply? Just a little bit more. Meanwhile there are people starving in our nation...children whose Mom or Dad has shot-up, snorted, smoke, ingested in some manner drugs so that they could feel better while their children go without food.

Consider for a moment players...(of course you won't because of your self-centeredness) those who earn their living selling tickets so that people can watch you play. How about the usher who helps people to their seats and others acts of service to make your fans experience enjoyable. What about the food vendors and their dependance upon your games to make money for themselves or their non-profit organization. Parking lot attendents earning a little extra income (most likely to help pay bills that you don't have to worry about). I'm sure I am forgetting some more deserving people whose livelihood is dependent upon whether there is a team in their hometown or games being played. We should moan and grieve for these elite players...I can't believe its already cost LeBron $12 million...which saddens me (I say that sarcastically).


Fans....will you go flocking back when the season finally gets under way? Will you work a week or two so that you can attend one game? Will you purchase jersey's and other team memorabilia that is overpriced and most of us can't afford? Of course you will! Why? Because we are an entertainment oriented society who quest for temporal pleasures outweigh what really matters in life. I for one would rather watch a high school or college game because the palyers still play for the love of the game! Sadly though even the college tickets are approachiing or have surpassed the price of tickets to a pro game.    



Since: Nov 11, 2011
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Stern: Current proposal provides 72-game season

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Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:26 am
 

Stern: Current proposal provides 72-game season

cjdeux, it was pretty cold up here in Michigan today....and I agree, I am to the point now where I could care less.

Stern keeps giving deadlines that pass with no resolution.  Grow a pair and cancel the season and maybe someone will take you seriously.  Interesting NCAA games start tomorrow and we also have the slaughter exhibition games against pee wee teams and girls teams.  And hockey.  And college and pro football.   An the local Detroit radio station is sim-ing the Pistons season on NBA 12 and it has so far been far more interesting than anyone thought the real team could be.

Screw the NBA, we have other sports and video games.  



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:05 am
 

Stern: Current proposal provides 72-game season

My interest in the NBA is declining faster than  temperatures have this week in the Midwest.  Completely and utterly ridiculous that these sides cant seem to reach an agreement.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:42 am
 

Stern: Current proposal provides 72-game season

C'mon Stern, you can't let the season start...Call one of the players the 'n' word or something, but be creative. If the season starts, I'll just go back to NOT watching the NBA or its articles....


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