Sources: Owners Done with Concessions
Sources said that the union did not conduct a formal vote of the players assembled in the room Tuesday, opting instead for an informal “everyone agrees” consensus that authorizes (Billy) Hunter and (Derek) Fisher to accept a 50-50 split of basketball related income in future negotiations as long as the league makes some concessions on some of the remaining system issues. But sources briefed on the owners’ thinking insisted to ESPN.com that there will be no further budging from the owners, no matter how close a deal seems on paper. Wednesday will be the 132nd day of the second lockout in NBA history to bleed into the regular season.
“It’s sad,” one ownership source said. “I think they’ve seen their best offer.”