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Quote of the Day: Eli’s Coming

Nov 5, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

NBA Labor Basketball AP

The NBA ownership group’s labor committee will reopen talks with the players’ side Saturday afternoon, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, a meeting one general manager, who has spoken with a few owners, described as “headed straight for disaster.”

via NBA hope bleak over labor talks, sources say – ESPN.

From Sports Night: 

Dan Rydell: Eli’s Coming.
Casey McCall: Eli?
Dan Rydell: From the Three Dog Night song.
Casey McCall: Yes?
Dan Rydell: Eli is something bad, a darkness.
Casey McCall: “Eli’s coming. Hide your heart, girl.” Eli is a inveterate womanizer. I think you’re getting the song wrong.
Dan Rydell: I know I’m getting the song wrong. But, when I first heard it, that’s what I thought it meant. Things stick with you that way.

Yeah, this isn’t going to go well.

  1. southernpatriots - Nov 5, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Right now things do look dreary. Eli is here, not coming. It will take some effort to get the owners off their position and the player’s union off theirs. The small market owners have a point and cannot continue to lose money each month and stay in business. Somehow something must change for them to keep the NBA viable. The players have a point and do not want to be abused. Who is getting hosed? The fans.

  2. rreducla1 - Nov 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Somehow something must change for them to keep the NBA viable.


    The NBA is “viable” now. Revenues have continued to rise and did again last year.

    But if you buy the small-market owners line, the answer is called “revenue sharing”– an owner issue, which they don’t care enough about to solve rigt now, because their #1 priority is taking money from the players, not improving the league.

  3. sportsinhd - Nov 5, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    The players have already given up a substantial percentage of income, if the owners can’t make due with 48% of BRI (after their bit off the top before the BRI number) they need to get out of the basketball business.

    An NBA player is not a barista at Starbucks. D-Wade is not a replaceable cog in the machine. The NBA is not the NFL, players drive ratings and attendance, not just the game its self. If the best players in the NBA left and formed their own league, you know you’d watch that league instead of the NBA. The owners are stubborn, intractable fools, and are hurting their sport.

    • jtk1985 - Nov 5, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      Boy your right that league would be great. even though there would be no where for them to play and no NBAPA to control how much the players make. Running a league is not easy, the players would then be the ones cutting the checks not cashing them and I doubt they like that for very long.

  4. texmex2 - Nov 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Yeah well, Macd’s don’t share with Jack nor Wendy. I heard somewhere there are leagues worldwide for whom the players may join any of them if they so desire…..What the owners see is that the “NBA” has never been so popular as now, and they are still seeing 40% of teams losing money year end year out, not good-not good at al ~ The players should hqave taken 50’59 while they had the chance, very poor leadership on the Players side~

  5. boondocksaint224 - Nov 5, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Dan: Hillary Clinton thinks I’m an idiot!
    Casey: Either that or a religious bigot.
    Dan: I went to an Ivy League school, Casey.
    Casey: Proud day for Dartmouth, Dan.
    Dan: I made an idiot out of myself in front of Hillary Clinton!
    Casey: Yeah, but at least you had to spend a thousand bucks to do it.

    Any news post that references Sports Night is all right with me.

    Really sucks that we won’t be watching basketball this year, though.

  6. thetooloftools - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:24 AM

    Nothing like Three Dog Night quotes in serious negotiations.
    Player please.
    That bullfrog song told me all i need to know about how much acid they ate.
    Gimme some Grass Roots quotes next time.

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