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No direct contact between the NBA players association since talks fell apart the players' union disbanded early last week.
The league players and fans are on the verge of losing this is in -- basketball season.
But to individual antitrust lawsuits filed by players who are -- -- -- for damages and lost wages were combined yesterday in hopes of expediting a settlement.
This potentially leading to new collective bargaining agreement and a late start to the basketball season.
Is the vice president of the NBA players association in New York Knicks guard Roger Mason -- thanks so much for coming in they.
-- -- -- everybody wants to know how optimistic are you -- basketball season's here.
I'm keeping the faith.
You know it's not done yet obviously we're all frustrated and is disappointed there's -- basketball right now but.
I'm staying optimistic and I'm hoping that we can get a fair settlement soon.
Our cities to anti -- losses have been merchant one as we reported that I expedite the situation -- -- -- stand on that.
Well basically we found -- Minnesota and our lawyers.
Are now handling it is the litigation and a situation than.
Which is hoping to get a fair settlement you know unfortunately talks broke down few weeks ago and we were unable to.
Negotiators -- and so now you know the players made a decision to disclaim and we're waiting on the litigation process.
OK so the fair settlement easy what view.
Are you still sticking with what you're looking forward at the time talks broke down -- are you are you willing to bend a little bit at this point.
I think we've been you know we've we've been bidding but -- -- A lot 300 million a year you know we went from 57%.
To 50% we've offered the MBA over three billion.
Over ten years worth of give back.
And so we fill -- the players have done all the negotiating we've done all the giving and we just want to have a fair settlement.
With interesting you're explains -- the break how this is really about the next generation.
He really trying to protect these younger place -- coming in because some of the more veteran players.
Who are for what it's worth standing by giving the example during you become out of -- -- an -- -- I was in early eighties Magic Johnson conduct of the -- showtime lakers.
But it -- an example how this is really affecting the younger places vs it is sacrificing other players picking.
I think you know applause some of the guys that are -- older and our lead that you know there's examples of players that are.
-- -- make fourteen million for example which is you know a ton of money and they're willing to sacrifice.
There's salary this year to to a deal this fair you know so that a young guy coming into the has an opportunity.
To make the same type of you know.
Money that that a lot of guys in our situation have been I would have made so we don't wanna turn our back on the future of the NBA and that's kind of what we've -- Do you understand though why some -- went through -- negotiations.
And player strikes and what not just this year.
-- that professional players there are getting greedy.
Yeah I hear a lot from being in the leadership position.
I hear the players you just take a deal and we're being -- and it's unfortunate that that's the thought because in a lot of cases a lot of the guys are being greedy greedy would be to take any deal to worry about themselves but.
The thing that's unfortunate with this is the people that are playing basketball or the owners it's the other people the custodians of -- workers the people -- affected though is and we were really feel.
I think I'm losing their jobs losing -- -- entire scene though that's settling for its not worth it and that's why we've given so much that's what.
You know we didn't want to give over 300 million a year but.
You know with that in mind you know to get a deal done we offered that have put that on the table and you know we made many concessions with the system and now we -- to get back to work there's a lot of people who are affected.
Other than the -- Playing basketball.
When you do let's be optimistic ultimately get back on the corporate you can do to renew that momentum that you guys had a TV ratings inception last year -- -- -- -- -- fans.
Well we'll have to think is something.
Because I feel horrible for affairs right now beloved game as a kid I loved -- muted -- -- there's a lot of young people watching -- so.
We'll have to figure something -- the defense.
I'm Roger thanks for Roger -- -- bring this speed on -- -- -- -- thanks again.
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