Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland proposed that the protracted pay dispute go to arbitration if not resolved this weekend, then Sutherland the old fast bowler smiled thinly as he added: "In cricket parlance, we're prepared to accept the umpire's decision."
Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age
In the beginning, the crux of this dispute was revenue sharing. Nearly a year later, it still is. But now it appears it is not so much the principle as the words. "Revenue sharing" is a sacred incantation to one party, an expletive that must be deleted to the other.
The fact of Donald Trump suggests we have peaked as species and are on the decline. None the less, wherever we are in 100 years, historians will look back at the last week and scratch the unprotected part of their heads in wonder.
Never let it be said that Bernard Tomic is not a success.
Priorities emerge after the latest twist in the ever more vexed and vexatious cricket pay war.
Cricket in Australia is not so strong that it can take much more of this dogfight. Its long-assumed and assured title as the national game is wobbly.
In Cricket Australia versus the players, it is as if they have had a toss, and both decided to bat, and both are out there now, one at each end, tapping their bats on the creases, chins jutting, waiting for a ball that will never come. Both know there needs to be a bowler, but are damned if it will be them.
It is injury time in Arena Conda in Chapeco seven months ago and the goal that would surely break this Brazilian provincial town's heart is about crash into the net when goalkeeper Danilo somehow gets his outflung right foot in the way. Chapocoense, which as recently as 2009 was in the lowest division in Brazil, is through to the final of the prestigious Cope Sudamericana. As they celebrate ebulliently and deep into the night, they drink many toasts to Danilo and his miracle save.
The Saudis were in our country and that makes what they did grossly disrespectful.
I have seen the future of sport, and it glows in the dark and crackles a bit.