Representatives from all 30 teams are meeting Saturday morning ahead of the recommencement of NBA lockout talks later in the day. The exact purpose of Saturday's owners' chat remains unclear, though recent reports of dissension in the ranks -- particularly the hardline push to abandon the 50-50 split for something more punitive to players -- could require a firming up of the league's strategy.
Reports have also suggested that further discussion on revenue sharing -- perhaps to appease those hardline owners -- may be the focus of Saturday's meeting. In fact, a league official says that both bargaining issues and revenue sharing will be discussed at the summit.
Whatever the case, developments on Friday suggest ownership is just as disjointed as the union. While the union fights off action from a splinter group seeking to decertify and send this thing fully into the courts, David Stern has to deal with some owners who want to get back on the court right now (like Micky Arison, fined $500,000 last week) and some, like Michael Jordan, who think 50-50 is too good a deal for players (who made 57 percent in the last deal).