I don’t pretend to understand the NBA bargaining arguments. A few tenths of a percent here, a dollar or two there, it might as well be in Japanese. But there are a few things even the casual observer can notice. In my opinion, the owners’ side of the table is fighting a losing battle.
I think they know it, too. Early in the negotiations, the owners proposed a “hard salary cap.” I had to do about 30 minutes worth of research, and I won’t bore you with the specifics, but it would have basically limited the “superstar” teams like the Miami Heat to signing players that make league-minimum salary to fill out their roster. Days later, the owners backed off that proposal, saying they were negotiable on that after all. They’re also slowly giving up more of the revenue to the players.
I think they know what I know. The players have all the power. The players have the support of the fans. Nobody cares what the owners want.
Don’t get me wrong, I think most NBA players are overpaid playboys, but it’s hard not to side with them when they’re out there on the court every season playing their hearts out while some rich fat cat sits up in his luxury box watching. If there’s no NBA season, most people won’t blame the players, there’s too much loyalty there. Most people will point their finger at the owners, asking what gives them the right to be so selfish.