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The NBA has -- another two weeks of the season no games will be played the entire month of November.
Talks between the players and the owners broke down last week over how to split.
Four billion dollars in revenue the -- wants a 5050 split players want at least 52%.
Joining us now the vice president of the NBA players association.
New York Knicks guard.
Roger Mason Roger great to have you with this.
I wish -- could Begin tonight with -- good news it is there any sign of.
Hope -- Well I think there's always hope you know and it's you know you still talking and you're able to.
To give back at the table to try to figure something out there is hope but.
There's definitely a divide -- still there.
A divide you guys have come off -- 53% 52 and a half percent.
If the owners are absolutely intractable on that what does that amount to that that.
Divide that separate you guys right now.
Well I think it's more than just two and a half percent of I'd like you mentioned.
Last year we live in a system where we got 57% of revenue and we've already made concessions that.
52 and a half which would be around 200 million per year over six years around one point two billion so.
Like he said you know we're down to 52 and a half and that's roughly a hundred million per year but.
You also have to look at the system issues along with the BRI and that's where -- get a little bit tricky.
And in that regard the ancillary issues what is the biggest.
The biggest hurdle for.
Well you know the system that we've lived in players have been able to move around free agency is something that's very important and you know as you know -- -- -- don't really have too long to play the game so.
The system issues that we're talking about here are players being able to move around to teens are willing to spend money.
I think the NBA wants to make it harder cap and down we've done some things that to do that but we're just not willing to have a system where players can move around freely.
Are we -- Roger looking right now at the prospect.
Of of losing the entire season.
Unfortunately that's that's the reality that we're we're faced with that it is really saying and -- Baffert.
You know not only the fans but you know if you with a make a living because we're playing the game of basketball you know concession workers.
The guys and girls that work in the -- and as just a terrible situation and I'm hopeful that you know we were not faced with that.
You know I I.
I got to -- -- just from my personal her reaction my view.
I I think about you guys -- money you're losing this year.
It's huge the money they -- -- -- it's huge and all of the businesses that benefit all -- the cities around the country.
This is that if it seems like I -- a couple of hundred million is a big deal of misunderstanding.
But it in the context of four billion.
In large them to nine billion.
What are we doing here.
The big picture you know -- with what's going on our economy right now it is it's really ridiculous.
I'm not here to point blame I think you know we've had some time to get a deal done.
And we having gotten it done and I think you know -- not only that the owners with the players we should all be disappointed because.
There's really no excuse but all we can do is try to be optimistic in the next time we get in a room and try to get a deal done I.
I know what the answer -- -- you you should know that the players I've talked where.
Have said that the communication from the players' association has been great.
It do you feel like you've got solid support from the players -- abort.
You know I do you know we have great leadership in in -- -- and Billy Hunter and we have a great staff and we have other great executive board members that are able to get the message out to the guys so you know -- been really important that everyone knows.
How was going on it and the decisions that are being made an will continue to do so it it's not represented players are best of the abilities.
Nine he's got a commercial -- call basketball never stops.
Let's hope it's more correct to assume.
It's a great commercial.
-- it thanks a lot Roger we appreciate your time.
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