The final haggling is at hand. It’s extremely likely, in my estimation, a season will still take place. Can these guys still blow it? Possibly. I believe, from my talks, the biggest issue at hand remains the final number on the “make whole” provision. Before today, the sides were $182 million apart on the make-whole provision. From my conversations with sources, that compromise number remains something of a sticking point, and it could still become a contentious issue.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs where you can read more about the CBA negotiations.