As some of the owners prepare to return to the bargaining table in New York on Thursday, July 7, in all of them will be getting together in Atlanta on Thursday, July 21.
But it’s not a recent development. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the owners were told during a May meeting in Indianapolis that the next two meetings would be held on June 21 in Chicago, and then on July 21 in Atlanta.
The source expressed optimism that the meeting could be — and would be — held earlier if a deal is reached between the league and the players in the short term. At some point, the owners must ratify any agreement, with at least 24 of the 32 giving the proposed accord a proverbial thumb’s up.