Larry Coon explains the lockout’s biggest issue

Larry Coon, one of those number-cruncher guys who actually understands the economics of the NBA and its salary cap, told me the biggest issue facing the owners and players is how divide the money. “BRI was always the biggest thing,” he said.

What’s BRI? That would be basketball-related income. In the last collective bargaining agreement, the players got 57 percent of all BRI. It helped to account for some pretty big salaries and, according to the owners, some big losses for some teams.

Now the owners want the ratio reversed; the players want it to stay more or less the same. The owners believe they would gain firmer financial footing if they got the 57 percent of BRI. Naturally, the players are unwiling to give up the bigger share.