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His name is David Stern and this is his collective bargaining boomstick

Feb 8, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

The owners want to take a far greater percentage of the basketball-related income. They want to pay millions less for maximum deals and shorten contracts. Most of all, they want a hard salary cap and assurances that protect themselves against a diminished economy and, well, themselves. Everything is hurtling toward a 2011 lockout, a negotiation that’ll likely feel far more like a standoff.

Via Yahoo! Sports’ Andrian Wojnarowski

The Owners are out for blood in 2011. The economic recession was thought to be a reasonable cause for the players to accept a certain number of compromises in return for a few things on their wish list being cleared in return. Instead, the owners have decided to use the economy as a tool to attempt not just significant alterations to the existing structure, but a drastic realignment of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

A hard cap brings with it a leveling of the playing field for smaller market teams, which would stem the tide of losses for certain teams. However, it’s hard to find a scenario where the union agrees to mimic the NFL agreement, which means non-guaranteed contracts, bloated rookie contracts for players who have done nothing in the league, and would result in the elimination of exemptions like the Mid-Level Exception.

This kind of a hard line is obviously just the starting point of one end of the spectrum, but judging from Adonal Foyle’s response on behalf of the union, this one’s going to get ugly, fast, and stay ugly, long.

  1. Brian Q. - Feb 8, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Hey Matt and ProBasketballTalk team, great start to the blog!
    I found Adrian W’s story really intriguing, but as someone who is moving from just a one-team fan to a bigger basketball fan, there were a lot of knowledge gaps that needed (and still need) to be filled. I’d love to see a post explaining some of the intricacies of the financial structure of the NBA, or a link to one.
    I’ve only really followed the NBA since the last lockout, so the only thing I’ve known are huge max contracts. It is really hard to imagine any player really giving up their money for the sake of the franchise, especially when you consider how trades work right now.

  2. whole bean coffee - Feb 9, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Keep up the informative writing. I enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks

  3. Stanford Wergin - Feb 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Preferably this may have a very good result for the safety state of affairs.

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