Michele Roberts: Union, NBA hope to announce new CBA by end of season

The incoming revenue from the $24 billion television deal that kicks in next year has been both a sign of great health with the state of the NBA and fear of what could happen with the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. With a much bigger pie to divide up between the players and the owners, the greed that has sullied the public perception of the lockouts in in both 1998 and 2011 is expected to return when either side can get out of the current CBA in 2017.

However, there has been a surprising sense of calm around the NBA regarding a potential lockout in 2017. There isn't a big concern with the potential loss of games because many believe it won't get to that point. Instead, we find out that new union president Michele Roberts has already been speaking with Adam Silver about the next CBA and they plan to meet again in September. Roberts says the hope is to announce before the end of the 2015-16 season that the two sides have solved their problems. From Sportando:

How can the potential lockout be avoided in 2017?
"Sitting down at a table already now with the NBA to understand what worries the owners and what worries the players. In the past very few attempts to speak in advance of the problems that led to the lockouts have been made. Whether Both commissioner Silver and myself want to do everything possible to prevent the NBA to stop: the only way is to negotiate. We have already started, we will meet again in early September with the hope to announce within the end of the season that the union and the league have solved their problems. "

The relationship with the commissioner?
"Good. We are still knowing each other,we are both relatively new in the respective roles, but we are keeping conversations regular."

What would you change if you could, of the CBA?
"At least 10 things, but what I care the most is that players will continue to have a fair share of what enters into the Nba coffers. There is a new TV deal which will bring 24 billion dollars. The popularity is growing, but let's remember that we wouldn't be here without the players."

This is great news that both sides are already speaking with continued negotiations planned throughout the next 10 months or so, a new deal would speak volumes toward the health of the NBA for both the players and the owners. Whenever we get into the negotiation process between the two sides, the NBA claims teams are losing money and the players don't exactly believe it. With the jump in salary cap kicking in next summer, we already saw some record spending in free agency this offseason.

There will be issues to work out, such as the draft age, the distribution of revenue, and a few other items Roberts wants to make sure favor her union as possible, but hope of a new deal over a year before the current deal runs out would avoid the loss of jobs around the NBA that typically happens during an lockout. If we can see the next 8-10 years without interruption of the typical business each season, the NBA canmeet the expectations both sides have for the global growth and overall health of the sport of basketball.

(H/T - ProBasketballTalk)

The Players Union and NBA discussing the next CBA already is a good sign. (USATSI)
The Players Union and NBA discussing the next CBA already is a good sign. (USATSI)
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