NBA owners plan conference call Thursday
NBA commissioner David Stern will hold a conference call with league owners Thursday to discuss their next course of action in the ongoing labor stalemate with the players.
The union rejected the league’s latest offer Monday and filed class-action antitrust lawsuits against the NBA in California and Minnesota on Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, the league officially canceled games through Dec. 15, bringing the total of number of games lost to 324.
Attorney David Boies, who represented the NFL during that sport’s lockout earlier this year, was hired to by the union.
Yahoo! Sports reported that Boies wants the owners to negotiate the terms of a labor deal directly through him.
Boies believes that the NBA’s ultimatum of accepting the current proposed deal or face a harsher proposal plays into the hands of the players as it proves that the collective bargaining process is over.
Stern had warned the players that had they failed to accept the final proposal, the owners’ next offers would be far less desirable for the union.
The players are looking for triple the amount of the $2 billion they would make during a full 2011-12 season.
The NBA’s latest proposal would have resulted in a 72-game schedule beginning Dec. 15. The players rejected that offer as the sides have been unable to agree on the splitting of basketball related income.