Stern and Silver said owners offered players a 50-50 split of basketball-related income, far below the 57 players were guaranteed under the previous collective bargaining agreement but more than the 47 percent union officials said was proposed to them.
Whatever. The only numbers that matter now are the millions that could be lost when arenas are dark.
“The damage will be enormous,” Silver said.
Players had offered to reduce their BRI guarantee to 53 percent, which they said would have given owners back more than $1 billion over six years. But they aren’t going any further, at least for now.
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