This is Air Alamo. We cover the Spurs.
That is if the NBA gives us something to cover soon. No doubt you have heard that Derek Fisher, and NBA Players Association head Billy Hunter are to meet in a last-minute, heretofore unplanned meeting tonight (Sunday) in New York City.
Simply put, this fight is about money and greed. In the rarified air of talent and money that both parties possess in their respective situations, this is about much more. It seems ridiculous, no doubt, to we fans who shell out big bucks to these owners to see these players.
It isn’t so simple, though. There is a battle of philosophies that is obstructing the parties, not just percentage points of Basketball Related Income (BRI) they are squabbling over. Who deserves to take the largest share of revenue generated by The Game?
The players argue that no one comes to see Marc Cuban take on Peter Holt. The owners maintain that Tony Parker and Tim Duncan don’t have to worry about paying gameday expenses and marketing the team.
And so we are here. The owners are asking for something around 50/50 split post expenses. Sort of. It is all a bit complicated but the good news is that the requirement for the meeting (accepting at least that split) has been waved.
The players have enjoyed 57-43 split for a while and have been willing to reduce that figure to 53-47, a figure that has been rejected by the owners up to this point. Good news is that they are meeting as I type and we may not lose the beginning of the regular season.
Ironically, owners were planing on pressuring players by making them feel the pinch as paychecks stopped arriving. The loss of the preseason games is a loss of an estimated $200 million for everyone. It seems — and this is pure speculation on my part– that the owners are feeling the pinch as well. They should be, too. The loss of momentum from an excellent NBA season last year is unbelievably bad business.
Here’s hoping Derek Fisher (as much as it pains me to say that) and company get the job done and find a compromise that will allow everyone to get back to enjoying basketball, and by extension, Spurs basketball.
That said, let me introduce myself:
Call me Adam. I was born here in San Antonio. I first started watching Spurs basketball right around the time Dave was winning his MVP trophy and getting bounced by Houston and Utah year after year. I was the only one in my immediate family that thought we could win the first pick in the draft and so win Tim Duncan, who my Sports Illustrated said was going to be awesome.
We both were right.
I’ve partied on the River and drove downtown for all the championships except the one in ’99 (I was in North Carolina).
So cross your fingers that we can talk more screen-and-roll and less basketball-related-income.