Seven-year opt out isnít necessary, or helpful
Posted by Mike Florio on July 23, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT
As best we can tell, there are two primary issues that need to be resolved before the labor deal can be worked out. First, the league and the players need to figure out how best to reconstitute the union. Second, the league and the players need to agree on the length of the deal.
On the latter point, the league has approved a deal that covers a firm 10 years. The players want the ability to cancel the contract after seven years.
Moments ago, a league source who best can be described as the closest thing to neutral in this process (if anything, the source is positioned to be more aligned with the playersí interests) explained why the deal should cover a full and firm 10 years, with no opt out for either side.