NBA Lockout Talks: Mark Cuban Helps Bridge Revenue Split Dispute, Says Report

The NBA lockout talks seem to be moving in a positive direction since federal mediator George Cohen entered the discussion on Tuesday. Apparently Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has also stepped up this week as the league and its players look to halt the canceling of more regular season games.

The biggest issue, at least the one that is talked about the most, has been the distribution of Basketball Related Income as the owners are hoping to drastically drop the amount of revenue the players get from 57 percent to 47 percent this season. Fortunately, it seems Cuban is helping to bridge that gap.

In fact, a source briefed on the talks told NBA.com's David Aldridge that there won't be a problem on the split. Dallas owner Mark Cuban reportedly was helpful in moving the owners and the players -- each of whom had wanted 53 percent of BRI (the old split favored the players 57/43) -- toward the middle.

The latest talks are that the two sides could agree to a split closer to 50-50, though nobody really knows what will happen until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed.

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