New Offer Based on 72-Game Season
Promising a 72-game season that would start on Dec. 15, NBA commissioner David Stern delivered the Players Association a revised proposal that union officials will evaluate and present to player representatives early next week.
With the owners threatening to revert back to a draconian offer without a deal soon and with the players threatening union decertification, the proposal could be the best, final chance to save much of the NBA season. Stern said the offer – which includes a 50-50 revenue split for the players and owners – was made in the context the season would begin on Dec. 15 and have 72 games. The start of the playoffs and NBA Finals would each be pushed back a week under the revised schedule.