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|Adam Silver and the Spurs' Peter Holt said the owners don't intend to budge on a 50/50 BRI split.|
“Union executive director Billy Hunter maintained this lockout was "pre-planned, pre-ordained, pre-destined." OK, so the union ramped up the rhetoric. It still doesn't mean the players are ready to make a deal. They're holding on to whatever they can. Remember, their goal going into these negotiations wasn't to gain anything; it was simply to minimize the losses. All they've got is their share of the BRI, so if they give it all away now and drop to 50 percent, they have no shot at maintaining anything else. The union side claims Holt told the players: "Take it or leave it." That leaves both sides where they've been since July 1. It's where they'll continue to be for the near future. It will take a drastic change for them to move off their sides, and again, the economic damage hasn't been dramatic enough for them to give in. The players haven't lost a month's worth of salary. The league hasn't missed any of its games on the ABC portion of the TV contract. The smart move by the owners is to fixate on 50-50, knowing how easy that is for the public to process. But that's just the beginning, for the people actually involved in the negotiations. If they could split the revenues evenly and preserve the old system that made it easy for teams to go over the salary cap with various exceptions, the players would go for that. That's not the offer that's on the table. "We're not prepared to let them impose a system on us that eliminates guarantees, reduces contract lengths, diminishes annual increases, eliminates other exceptions, severely restricts [the Larry Bird exception]," Hunter said. "That's the kind of system we want. We're saying, 'No way.'" In other words, no way they'll get a deal done soon, no way they'll play a full 82-game season. If you've been paying attention, there's no way you should have expected anything else.
I want to make it clear that you guys were lied to earlier. It's that simple.” -- Union president Derek Fisher to reporters