NBA Lockout: Will Players, Owners Cut A Deal At 51 Percent?

The NBA lockout has had all sort of doomsday scenarios being brought up this week as decertification has once again become the hot topic, but there are some in the media that still have hope a deal could be cut this weekend.  One person leading the charge is Newday's Alan Hahn as he predicts the two factions could hammer out a deal for 51 percent of the basketball related income this weekend.

The split of BRI was the reason the two sides quit negotiating last time they met as the players would like to stay at 52 percent while the owners seem hesitant to move up to even 50 percent.

In that regard, it seems a long shot that there's actually a deal to be made this weekend. If the two groups are going to come to an agreement this weekend, however, the 51-49 split is where Hahn believes both sides will have meet.

With that, we will filter out the white noise of the agent-driven Decertification Army and the scandalous reports of Fisher's alleged back-door deals with David Stern and spoil the ending for you:

There will be a 51-49 agreement.

It is a split that Stern said he never had a chance to negotiate when Hunter walked away from the table last Friday after the league re-introduced the 50-50 split.

For the optimists in the crowd, this could be good news. Unfortunately, there are probably better than even odds that the talks go exactly in the opposite direction this weekend.

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