I see by this headline that the National Basketball Association (NBA) is having a disagreement on how to divvy up “basketball related income” or BRI in media-speak.
Under the recently ended collective bargaining agreement or CBI, the players got 57% of BRI with the owners getting the remaining 43%.
The players are willing to give up (make concessions) and take only 53% of BRI. The owners want a 50 – 50 split.
I believe that the owners have the most to lose in this clash of big egos. Why, you ask? Because, basketball as opposed to professional football, is a world wide sport. I religiously follow the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) in college basketball. Very few MVC graduates ever play in the NBA and none ever leave school early to play pro ball. But, a lot of MVC basketball players have gone on to have a career playing ball in Europe, Australia and New Zealand after graduation.
If the NBA does not have a season, do you think some, maybe a lot, of NBA players might jump to play in Europe? If nothing else they will stay in shape.