The last few days have seen some relatively negative news concerning the NBA lockout, including a message from the head of the players union telling his players to expect to miss half the season.
The owners met today in Dallas to discuss the possibilities of a new collective bargaining agreement. Following the meeting, NBA commissioner David Stern held a press conference and announced that the owners were unified.
The meeting comes after players union head Derek Fisher releasing a letter today that he wrote to each NBA player, telling them to remain united in their goal for a new CBA.
Stern stressed unity and a desire to end the lockout in his press conference.
“I think it’s fair to say that the Board was well briefed, they expressed their full support for the committee and we look forward to continuing to engage with the Union over the possibility that we might reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.”
The owners, league officials and the players will be heading to New York City later tonight. It seems as though the parties will likely meet again soon, and this is a crucial step in signing a new CBA.
Now that the sides are on the same page amongst themselves, true progress can be made. The groups will likely not change their stances, and there is now more time for them to pitch their proposals.