The succession of the past two days seems to indicate that today, Friday, may be the day that a deal is reached. Maybe.
Abbott writes that one of the reasons why the meetings seem to have gone more smoothly has been the absence of a certain lawyer. No, a different one.
"We're looking forward to it." - David Stern
The luxury tax concept seems simple on its face, but it has a far-reaching impact and so it remains as one of the biggest holdups to any agreement.
Lowe describes here how each side can claim smaller "wins," which will hopefully lead to the biggest win for everyone, which is the start of the season.
It is important to remember that when we think of owners as capitalists, we have to remember that they did not actually provide much of the franchise's capital.
Coon hosted another of his chats earlier this week, and this one gives me further hopes that fans are far more sophisticated that people give them credit for.
While I agree that the impending loss of paychecks could be a motivation for players, Rovell's math doesn't really help us since he chooses the wrong starting point for average player salaries.
More links after the jump.
Everyone seems optimistic today. I would wager that a deal can be made today, just as a deal could have been made on any number of occasions, as long as both parties actually want a deal to be made.
No soup for you.
The HS guys welcome Tom Haberstroh, he of the recent lengthy piece on the myth of competitive balance. Give it a listen.
Schiller offers his latest post on his tracking of NBA players in Israel.
Dwyer writes that with the two sides nearing closure, we're all on pins and needles.
There was a time when Shirley's writing was insightful and irreverent.