Kohl a hardline owner in NBA labor talksWisconsin Sports
-- Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl is reportedly one of 11 NBA team owners who’ve told Commissioner David Stern to get tougher with the players’ union.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks ownwer Herb Kohl is reportedly one of 11 NBA team owners who’ve told Commissioner David Stern to get tougher with the players’ union.
ESPN said Sen. Kohl (D-Milwaukee) took part in a conference call, in which the 11 owners expressed their “displeasure” to the commissioner about his latest offer to the union – specifically the 50-50 split in basketball-related revenue. Stern has given the players until tomorrow to take his offer – or else he’ll demand something tougher, reportedly a 53-47 revenue split in favor of the owners.
Kohl is reportedly among those who want the stronger league proposal right now. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel also reports today that Kohl has been lobbying league officials for a new revenue sharing deal that gives more help to the small-market teams like Milwaukee.
It might cost Kohl up to a million-dollars to comment publicly on these reports. That’s the maximum fine Stern has reportedly told owners he would levy, to avoid any possibility of the league showing anything less than unity by management. The owners’ lockout is month Number-five – and for now, all NBA games scheduled through November have been canceled.