15-hour meeting yields hope for a full NBA season

This might be the best sentence I’ve read all week (from the New York Times):

The parties will reconvene at 2 p.m. Thursday to continue the talks, with the goal of reaching a deal this weekend — perhaps in time to construct an 82-game schedule.

Did you ever think you’d read a sentence like that following the epic disaster that was the culmination of the recent three-day, 30-hour negotiating session between the NBA and the players union? I certainly didn’t.

Everything is not roses and lollipops, however. It turns out that the split between owners and players, the most contentious issue on the table, has not seen any progress. Both sides decided to simply table the issue for now in hopes of working out what they called “system” issues. Those are the mechanics of what revenue sharing would possible look like and how the soft salary cap system (which big market teams have had no issues with exceeding in recent years) would change to make it more equitable among franchises such as Milwaukee and Indiana compared to Boston and L.A.

While the owners hardline stance of a 50-50 revenue split completely nuked talks days ago, players decided that if they were going to give any wiggle room on their current proposal of a 52 percent share of basketball-related income, they would need to see how the rest of the system would work. In the most recent collective bargaining agreement, players got a 57 percent share of revenue.

Do you think there will be an NBA season this year? How many games will be played? Vote below:

How many games will be played in the NBA this season?

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