It’s not good.
The players’ association rejected the league’s latest proposal for a new labor deal Monday and began disbanding, paving the way for a yet-to-be filed lawsuit and throwing the 2011-12 season into jeopardy.
Negotiating went nowhere, so now the union is going away.
And Stern said “nuclear winter” is coming.
“We’re prepared to file this antitrust action against the NBA,” union executive director Billy Hunter said. “That’s the best situation where players can get their due process.”
And that’s a tragedy as far as Stern is concerned.
“It looks like the 2011-12 season is really in jeopardy,” Stern said in an interview aired on ESPN. “It’s just a big charade. To do it now, the union is ratcheting up I guess to see if they can scare the NBA owners or something. That’s not happening.”
This move shifts the process from the bargaining room to the court system, so I think it’s fair to say that we’re unlikely to see NBA basketball this season. It’s not a done deal and the season can be saved, but some massive egos are in play here (on both sides) and that, unfortunately, has been the driving force in these negotiations. And I don’t see it changing.
It just beggars belief how either side could rationalise that scenario.
I’ll leave you with a quote:
Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.
- Janwillem van de Wetering