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Owners position shifts on MLE?

Posted on: November 24, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2011 3:26 pm
 
By Matt Moore 

There were a number of issues that caused the last meltdown in NBA talks, leading to the players' disclaim of interest and subsequent lawsuits. Among them was the mid-level Exception. Essentially, the league's proposal called for teams in the luxury-tax to be unable to use the full mid-level, instead limiting them to a shortened (both financially and in length of term) version. There was also discrepancy over whether teams who were under the tax prior to using the luxury-tax but in the luxury-tax after would be considered "tax paying teams" and therefore unable to use the full mid-level. But with both sides angling towards another attempt at resolution (first reported by CBSSports.com last week), there's been movement on the MLE, according to ESPN: 
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Stern has privately surveyed a handful of owners about their willingness to ease the restrictions on the proposed mid-level exception in a new labor agreement.

It is believed the league's next proposal to the players will contain tweaks to some of the "system" issues that the players have strongly objected to in recent negotiations. The players have long insisted -- in exchange for accepting a 50/50 split of annual basketball-related income, after earning a 57 percent share of BRI in the final year of the previous labor deal -- that the league's proposed restrictions against luxury-tax teams must be relaxed.
via NBA lockout -- New NBA talks aimed at resolving lawsuits, sources say - ESPN.

The players' position was that they would accept the lowered BRI split if the league would back off its systemic demands, like the MLE limit. A concession at this level might be enough to push the players off the ledge and get a deal for a Christmas-start season, as the league reportedly desires. However, given the breakdown in talks and increased number of lost games, it's hard to see the hard-line owners surrendering that with the same 50/50 BRI split. A scenario in which both sides agree to the MLE concession from the owners, only to discover the owners now want a more favorable BRI split is entirely possible. 

The question will be whether Stern can get a wrangle on the owners long enough to force a deal through and if this kind of concession is enough to get the players to swallow the huge turkey they're already being forced to down whole. 
Comments

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

The MLE is basically a non-issue and the owners should concede the point to the players. If a hard cap or a cap with severe financial penalties for teams over the cap is in effect, the MLE will not matter within a year or two. What I find interesting is the reaction among fans towards the NBA lockout compared to the reaction to the NFL lockout earlier this year. The beginning of the season has come and gone with little apparent concern by the general populace. People were going nuts over the potential loss of NFL exhibition games. The one thing that should unite the owners and players should be the lack of concern by most fans that a significant portion of the regular season is guaranteed to be lost and nobody seems to give a damn. 

The same phrase about millionaires fighting with billionaires was used during the NFL lockout but the NBA players and owners have generatel more disgust about their inability to quickly reach agreement than did the NFL (this was true even before the regular season games were lost). The NBA is clearly held in a much lower regard than the NFL and all involved should be worried about how fans react when the learn that they can live without it.  



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

"These idiot "hockey" fans need to quit saying who cares about the NBA. I've noticed they are majority of the morons being negative."

I don't know how the NHL got into this discussion, but it is not just NHL fans who are negative, in case you haven't noticed, it is everybody. I have read scores of comments from long-time NBA fans who are fed up with the current state of the league and are none to sad to see it locked-out. Btw, nobody on here would identify themselves strictly as "hockey" fans as you term it. Just acknowledge like a lot of us sports fans that the NBA has screwed the pooch since the Jordan-era and deserves what it currently getting.


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Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:35 am
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:26 am
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

I've been optimistic too many times in the past to pay too much attention to this. A deal has been there to be had all along, but arrogance and stubbord pride have routinely gotten in the way. Why would this time be any different? Common sense and self-awareness (two traits needed by both sides in order to close a deal) has never had a place in this negotiation, so rhetoric from imaginary or misinformed "sources" means little to me. Both sides are set on self-destruction, and I think that's what they're going to get.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:11 am
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

I think the NHL "if you like hockey" is the most exciting sport to watch on t.v, it's just up and down and up and down.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:03 am
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

These idiot "hockey" fans need to quit saying who cares about the NBA. I've noticed they are majority of the morons being negative. NHL is better? Really I can't even sit through half a period and watch 1-0 scores the whole game. Their season was entirely canceled several years back so they can shut it.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:36 am
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

Those people crying "who cares about NBA" are not even bball fans. they were jump on band wagon fans to start with so who cares about you. NBA does't need retart fans like you. Sports fans you just want to be part of a "group" because they all watch.


 


JimmyGusto
Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:28 am
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Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:00 am
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

Miniscule tax rates? You speak from utter and total ignorance.



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:04 am
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

What is this NBA they speak of?


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