Report: NBA, players to meet Tuesday, maybe Wednesday

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So if you’re looking for few rays of sunshine poking through the clouds of the lockout, here you go — the two sides are going to meet again Tuesday. Things have not gone well at recent sessions, but at least they are talking.

If that bargaining session goes well they could meet again on Wednesday, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

With the prospect of two days of negotiations as the calendar marches toward the eventual canceling of regular season games in less than three weeks, National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter has postponed a regional meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday in Miami and will stay in New York for talks with the league, the person with knowledge of the meeting said.

These are the small group negotiations that seemed to give rise to hope, at least until more owners and players were let into the room, anyway. But still, at least they are talking.

As former NBA union director Charles Grantham told PBT, the first thing the two sides must do is figure out how to define then divide “basketball related income.” It’s how you split up the pie that matters. (He also said canceling games would not put pressure on the talks.)

Last meeting, Berger reports the owners increased their offer to give the players 46 percent of the BRI, but the players’ most recent offer was 53 percent (maybe 52). While there had been reports that the two sides were close on the economics, it doesn’t sound like it (although the type of salary cap can tie into this debate). The real issue is if the revenue that goes to players is tied to the league’s income as it has been. Some owners want the players to have flat revenue over much of the deal, allowing the owners to pocket increase from future television deals and he like.

If the two sides figure out the BRI question, the cap and other issues will be tied in and likely resolved fairly quickly.

The two sides have a ticking clock on the regular season and they remain far apart, but at least they are talking.