That’s why Beasley’s opinion matters. How many others like him share his view? If a vote of the players was taken today, how many of these same rank and file guys gladly would accept an even split? That’s where things get interesting. The widespread belief is the vast majority of them would deal in a heartbeat. And there are hundreds more middle of the road players than there are megastars. As CNBC’s Darren Rovell pointed out on Twitter, some guys might already be in financial trouble.
But I asked one of those megastars Sunday night what is the issue with 50-50. Here’s what New Orleans guard Chris Paul told me.
It’s more than that. It’s also about the system. People that came before us fought hard for guaranteed contracts, (Larry) Bird rights and a lot of other things. A lot of people think it’s just about the economics, but the economics is something we’re willing to talk about. But at the same time, the system and the economics have to go together.”
That, too, is a piece of logic that’s hard to argue with. An even split might sound fair on the surface. But if the salary cap system that surrounds it is suspect, 50-50 could really be 55-45 in favor of the owners. That’s what the players are guarding against.
And that’s where we currently stand in this lockout.
A good way to move things forward is for the union to go ahead and accept what more and more appears to be an inevitable even split of BRI and start focusing their attention on securing all they can in the system that surrounds it.
If they don’t now, this lockout will continue heading nowhere fast.
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