The NBA and the NBA Players Association met today, and after talking agree that they needed more meeting and talking, so they agreed to meet and talk.
Here’s how the officials statement was actually worded:
“Earlier today the NBA and NBPA met to discuss the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Meeting participants included NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and representatives of the NBA Labor Relations Committee and NBPA Executive Committee as well as league and union staff.
“It was a preliminary meeting that included constructive dialogue, and we agreed to continue our discussions.”
The two sides are said to be far apart in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current one expires in 2022, but there is a clause that either side can ask for changes in 2017. As Larry Coon wrote about the resolution back in 2011.
While it is encouraging to think that we won’t have to witness another lockout until 2022, in all likelihood one side will invoke its option in 2017 to reopen labor negotiations. Since right now this deal appears to greatly favor the owners, it is reasonable to think the players will opt out — especially since the national TV contracts are up for renewal in 2016, and the league expects an injection of new revenue. But this may not turn out to be the case — the 2005 CBA was thought to favor the league, as well.
Since then there has been a new contract deal which is worth billions of dollars, and of course, both sides want their cut. So there will be more “talking” and talking about talking. And meeting about talking about talking. Hopefully, this will end up resolving something without striking or locking out.