Descision on Offer Expected Next Week
(David) Stern confirmed the NBPA’s stated timeline for the next steps in these talks, saying that he was extending his previous deadline of Wednesday through to next Tuesday.
“We understand that the revised proposal will be presented to the board of the union on Monday, or if travel is difficult, no later than Tuesday,” Stern said. “Just as the clock had stopped on Wednesday as we negotiated through to today, it would remain stopped through [Billy Hunter's] meeting with his board. Then, at that time, if we don’t get a positive response the revised offer starting at 47 percent and based upon a flex cap would be our revised negotiating position.”
He then struck somewhat of a conciliatory tone, thanking the union’s executive staff for their efforts and attempting to paint the league’s current offer as a compromise between the desired outcomes from both sides.
“We don’t expect them to like every aspect of our revised proposal,” Stern said of the players. “I would say that there are many teams that don’t like every aspect of our revised proposal. But I did tell Billy that that proposal has the support of the chairman of the labor relations committee, Adam (Silver), me and the labor relations comittee itself.”