After an unsuccessful round of bargaining with a mediator last week, the NBA owners and players union are set to return to the bargaining table on Wednesday, according to an Associated Press report.
It’s also widely expected that the league will officially cancel two more weeks of games after previously doing the same thing two weeks ago. The New York Daily News reported David Stern will ax games through Nov. 28, eliminating 102 games in all.
This round of cancellations will cost the Suns seven contests, including a five-game homestand that includes the likes of Amare and the Knicks, D-Rose and the Bulls, CP3 and the Hornets and Blake Griffin and the Clippers. That would leave the Suns’ tentative opener Nov. 30 in Dallas when the Mavs would presumably be awarded with their rings, but it’s fairly safe to presume there are more cancellations to come.
ESPN’s Henry Abbott reported that owners discussed revenue sharing in New York on Tuesday. ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Broussard reported that both sides met Monday as well for “lengthy” collective bargaining talks.
Revenue sharing is a major issue that must be resolved amongst the owners before a deal can realistically be reached, with union executive director Billy Hunter telling Bill Simmons, “I think revenue sharing is the elephant in the room right now.”
It’s very possible that once the owners find a legitimate answer to the revenue sharing question an agreement will fall into place.
But if such an answer were so easy to come by it would have been discovered by now.
Jerry Colangelo lends name to new GCU sports business school
Jerry Colangelo has experienced just about everything in the sports business world and now he plans on passing some of his savvy on to the next generation by partnering with the new Colangelo School of Sports Business at Grand Canyon University.
According to The Associated Press, Colangelo plans to be more than just the namesake of the school. Anybody who has followed Colangelo throughout his career would expect nothing less.
”People need to be encouraged, be given opportunities, and I have a lot I can share with my experience over 40 years,” Colangelo told The AP. ”And so, you can (only) learn so much out of textbooks. A lot of it is in the trenches, a lot of is being around people who have done it.”
Colangelo’s resume includes a laundry list of achievements as the Suns’ general manager, the Suns’ and D-backs’ owner and now the chairman of USA Basketball, and his sports business acumen is unparalleled in the Valley sports scene.
He plans to lecture, line up guest speakers and even mentor an outstanding second-year student, the kind of education schools can rarely provide.
Colangelo has no rival among Arizona sports executives for all he did in turning Phoenix into a major sports city and thus Grand Canyon could pick no better exec to name its sports business school after.