Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 20: CBA Chat with Larry Coon and Tim Donahue
Apologies for the hiatus, but we’re back with a new episode of the CK Podcast. And today, we focus on the CBA. The NBA and Players Union let fans down again, as labor negotiations ended Tuesday with no new labor agreement. But is a resolution really in sight? Larry Coon, author of the NBA Salary Cap FAQ, and Tim Donahue of fellow TrueHoop network blog Eight Points, Nine Seconds, join us for a panel discussion.
An excerpt from Coon’s latest, saying it’s “gut-check time” for the players:
It’s now soul-searching time for the players. For now they have drawn a line in the sand at 53 percent. Players like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are leading the charge to hold firm and not give another inch. But Bryant and Garnett don’t necessarily represent the interests of the rank-and-file players.
And Donahue on how these negotiations are framed:
One of the big traps that we consistently fall into is viewing the sides as two monoliths. It makes the math easier. But it also muddies the waters. The “players” are 400-plus individuals at different points in their careers with different financial positions, personal concerns and general outlooks on life.
Listen after the jump…
Music Credit: Ronald Jenkees – Guitar Sound