According to Silver, three-quarters of the teams are not making any money and many of them would be better off if the games were not played. As he says, that’s “not a good state of affairs.”
But are the sides close? Um, no. Not even close, apparently.
“There is an enormous gulf – not even a gap – that separates the players and owners right now. It’s going to require an intensive effort and a certain reality check on both sides of what’s at stake for the business. I remain an optimist, but to mix metaphors, it’s still a long putt.”
So solutions? The NBA is… turning to the NFL?
What we’ve proposed to the players is a hard cap. We’ve looked at the NFL, and we’re not ashamed to say that appears to be a better system. There’s a lot more analysis we need to do with the players. I’m not suggesting we’re the NFL. But we believe through shorter contracts, less guaranteed money and a harder salary cap, we can create more parity among the teams in this league. We believe for the long-term success for the business, that’s important.
Great. So you’re looking to a league that’s about to have an even worse labor stoppage? Yikes. Maybe the NHL can play all year round?