Colleague Michael Silver correctly encouraged players last week to demand appropriate concessions in the next collective bargaining agreement before accepting an 18-game season. One possible demand: a faster track to free agency.
A prolonged regular season is coming no matter what. Players can try to stand against the tidal wave of support for more real games (and less of the exhibition season). However, when that wave features somewhere in the area of $1 billion in added revenue, the players would be much better served to grab surfboards and ride it out, even if it’s going to be rough.