League and union lawyers were due to meet late last night, with the full negotiating teams due to meet tomorrow.
"This thing is pretty much in David Stern's hands, and I'm not unduly optimistic," said agent Steve Kaufman, a member of the union's agents advisory committee. "To me, there's two windows to get it done. One is right now and you get the season started by 1 December. If it's not done in the next week to 10 days, you're looking at Christmas or New Year for starting the season," Kaufman said.
Among the issues separating owners and players are conduct and discipline issues, salary cap calculations and licensing agreements. The biggest hurdle is an agreement on what percentage of revenues will be devoted to salaries by the time the new system has been in place a few years. The owners want to pay 50 per cent ( backing off from their previous demand for 48) and the players want to receive 60 per cent (a move from 63 per cent).Reuse content