Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett: NBA players need to realize they have a good deal

From Staff Reports Published: November 22, 2011
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said NBA players need to recognize a good deal when they see one.

“I think the players have to, at some point, come to a conclusion that this may not be as good a deal as they had, but it's still a pretty good deal,” Cornett said in an interview with HoopsWorld concerning the NBA lockout, which on Tuesday reached Day 145. “The owners, to a certain extent, do think in business terms. We all want to pretend it's a sport, but it is definitely a sport played inside a business. And the owners, who run the business, say the business model is broken and it's got to be corrected.

“You have the players who don't want to agree to the facts or disagree with the facts.”

Negotiations between the NBA players union and owners for a new collective bargaining agreement broke down earlier this month, which led to the union disbanding and players consolidating lawsuits against the league.

Without a swift shift in negotiations within the next month, the entire 2011-12 season will be lost.

The outspoken Cornett has said players have been misled by their agents.

“I think a lot of the issues that they're (agents) concerned with right now have to do with players relocating from one team to another and how salary cap limitations might limit a large-market team from trying to secure a small-market team's players in driving up the salaries for the players as a whole,” Cornett told HoopsWorld. “The agents obviously are very interested in those things continuing to happen.

“Think of all the money that's already been lost right now for the players. They've lost, probably at this point, hundreds of millions of dollars in pure salary. How is that going to be recouped?”

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