Credit goes to Stus.com – that cartoon works perfectly for what’s going on right now.
Day 126 – when certain players rose from the union to make a move. And probably not for the better of everyone. From Howard Beck of the NY Times:
Negotiations to end the N.B.A. lockout will resume Saturday amid a new threat to labor peace: a disillusioned faction of N.B.A. players.
About 50 players, including some All-Stars, are willing to dissolve their union if negotiations again falter this weekend, or if the talks produce a deal that they deem unpalatable, according to a person who has spoken with the players.
The movement was said to be entirely player-driven, and borne of a frustration with the pace of talks between N.B.A. and union leaders. The players have been locked out since July 1, and a month of games have been canceled. Negotiations have broken off four times in the last five weeks.
So some players are getting frustrated, to no one’s surprise, with the lack of action on the BRI split and the ending of the lockout. That’s understandable. If this is being done without the consent of union leadership, this is undoubtedly a bad thing. If this is being done with consent, I still think we miss more games, but there’s still a good chance at a deal this year (and yes, this is what it’s coming down to).
If the action was taken without knowledge of union ownership, that means the agents are firmly in control of this situation. And that, I think, won’t end well for anyone but the agents.
Merry Christmas, everyone!