It’s a few summers away, but might we be looking at another work stoppage in the NBA three summers from now.
According to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, league executives and player agents are expecting another work stoppage as soon as the summer of 2017, when either party can opt out of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Ideally, whether labor or management, you begin work on the next negotiation the day after you sign the last agreement. For the players, they have not been able to do that. They still need to find a director, and once they have one, they need to assemble a team and work on a strategy. They’re way behind.
Yes, it seems the Collective Bargaining Agreement even has opt out clauses.
The last CBA was ratified in December 2011. The league played an abbreviated schedule starting on Dec. 25.
Most people in NBA circles believe it will be the owners who want to sit down and discuss how business handled, again. The NBA owners love to sign off on all the money being thrown around, then usually coming running back a few years later screaming foul on the play.