The final deadline that David Stern put into place for the union to accept the owners proposal about the CBA or else things would get progressively worse. Yet, the two sides are still at the table, which seems to indicate either than David Stern’s threats convinced the union, or that this was a shallow threat and that both sides have ignored as they made progress in talks. In either case, things seem to be moving in a positive manner in the NBA CBA negotiations, though both sides still have distance between them.
The players are still moving towards decertifying the union today, and agents don’t like the new proposal either because it takes away their power. Of course this means that many agents are telling the players to not agree to the new deal, and keep fighting the owners.
David Stern has proposed that if the deal gets done soon, the NBA could play a 72 games season (only losing 10 games off the schedule), including full playoffs, and would end only about a week later than the previously proposed season. So how do you get in that many games in that little of time? You obviously give players a much tougher and grueling schedule. As ProBasketballTalk notes, its pretty much a schedule packed like sardines in a can.
This causes some issues I think. First, with a tight schedule and shorter rest periods, players are likely to be more prone to injuries and fatigue. This could actually be costly for some players who are required to play certain number of games for bonuses in their contract. Really by playing a 72 game season, the NBA owners really look like they are trying to recoup as much lost revenue as possible. If you look at tennis this year, there has been an increase in the number of injuries because of them playing one of the toughest schedules in history.
Then comes the Olympics. Now that NBA stars play in the Olympics, it becomes worrisome that some NBA players might have to play a very hard schedule and then head to the Olympics with less time to rest and prepare. I wonder if this might effect basketball at the Olympics in a negative manner. Many star players might choose to sit out (or be injured) to just try and recover in time for the next season. While it is only one week in difference from the previous cycle, the scheduling and number of games in such a short amount of time is the real issue. The body can only handle so much.