Without the union to bicker with, the owners have spent recent days trying to come to a revenue-sharing solution. According to two sources, divides within the group are becoming more clearly defined — though not entirely between large and small markets.
There are owners in major cities who do not have a problem at all sharing revenues, knowing that those in larger metropolitan areas can do far better with local television and radio rights.
But some of those same people are bothered by teams that don’t spend much and then fail to reinvest what they receive from the luxury tax payout.
“If they’re not trying to grow the game, then they’re just taking the money,” said one source close to the situation.
Player agents have expressed hope that the owners of the teams that make money — and are losing during the lockout — will step up and force the league to make a deal with the players. But there appears to be a preponderance of those who want to use this opportunity to make a comprehensive change to the system.