In an email to the players acquired by Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, Derek Fisher has said the small group of players and owners agreed on terms of a deal, but the larger group of owners could not agree amongst themselves.
What actually happened in those meetings was discussion, brainstorming and a sharing of options by both sides. The turning point this past Tuesday was not a disagreement between the players and the owners. It was actually a fundamental divide between the owners internally. They could not agree with each other on specific points of the deal and therefore it caused conflict within the league and its owners.
So it is our hope that today, Thursday, at the owners meeting in Dallas that they work out their differences, come up with a revenue sharing plan that will protect their teams and are then ready to come together and sign off on the agreement we as a smaller group deemed reasonable.
The good news, of course, is that if the players and the prime NBA ownership view they have a deal that this backs up my article yesterday. It's David Stern time. He sat in a room with the players and negotiated something he felt was good for the league. Now it's time to sell it to all the owners.
Clearly the NBA owners won't get everything they want, but they obviously got enough to make a compelling case to end this thing before a season and games are lost.
The NBA owners are meeting Thursday [today], and hopefully Stern and the large owners are able to convince the smaller franchises that this deal is a good thing. I'd imagine if profitability is worked out that enough owners will get on board to push something through before we miss a considerable part of the season.
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