Good time for league, play­ers: Sil­ver

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

With a multi­bil­lion- dol­lar new broad­cast rights deal set to kick in for the 2016-17 sea­son, NBA com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver says “it’s a very good time” for the league right now — and, he stressed, the play­ers too. Sil­ver said the new agree­ment with ESPN and TNT will have a “sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the vi­a­bil­ity” of teams. That will likely see play­ers seek much more in their next col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing op­por­tu­nity, pos­si­bly in 2017. Sil­ver said on Thurs­day it was “pre­ma­ture” to talk about those ne­go­ti­a­tions, but char­ac­ter­ized the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the NBA and its play­ers as one built on “trust” and “the best, as far as I know, in all of sports.”

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