Reports are coming out today that there was at least measurable progress made during negotiations between the league owners and players union. The players were less enthusiastic of the progress than the owners, but that is to be expected. Any concession made by either side will be played up by those who conceded and downplayed by the other side – that’s how labor negotiations work.
The owners reportedly backed off their original demands for non-guaranteed player contracts. In my extensive breakdown of the CBA negotiations a few days ago, I predicted this to be the area the owners are most likely to concede.
The owners are still adamantly demanding a hard salary cap and huge rollbacks of player salaries. Specifically, the owners have not backed off their demand of a 50-50 split of the basketball-related income (BRI).
The owners’ concession of non-guaranteed salaries is important for two reasons: 1) it shows progress in the right direction and 2) it will allow the owners to more easily prove they are negotiating in good faith – a possible legal issue if the players union decertifies. Continue reading