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Video: CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks missed NBA paychecks

Nov 15, 2011, 11:19 PM EDT

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Tuesday would have been the first payday of the first payday of the year for NBA players — as of today they are missing paychecks. How much money are we talking? CNBC’s Darren Rovell breaks it out for some of the big names and yes, Kobe Bryant just missed a more than $1 million payday. But of course, that’s before taxes, after taxes it’s barely enough to live on (*cough*).

Some owners thought going into this that if the players missed a paycheck or two the owners leverage would skyrocket. Instead, the players have dissolved the union as its negotiator and filed antitrust lawsuits against the owners. They are fighting back.

Which may well doom the season.

  1. stoutfiles - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Football till February. College basketball with league championships and March Madness. Baseball starting in April.

    So long NBA, people won’t even notice you’re gone.

  2. silverdeer - Nov 16, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Not to mention that the NHL playoffs will be starting in April as well. I realize that not everyone likes hockey, but there is a significant number of people out there that will watch a playoff game that don’t watch games in the regular season.

  3. dirtycrumbs - Nov 16, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    If you seek out, read and then post comments on a blog called “Pro Basketball Talk” and then insist no one will miss a cancelled NBA season, you’re an idiot.

  4. jonanthans - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    I freaking love it.

    Over/Under on % of players that have to file bankruptcy because they can’t make their 30k house note every month? Or their $10k child support payments?

    Mansions with 24k gold trim in the bathrooms. 12 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. 4 kitchens. 3 pools. Good luck selling that..

    Bentleys for sale, if you are in the market you can pick one up at a good deal. Of course, most of these morons will lose almost everything because they used no common sense.

    Making millions, but not content. Most of these guys making more money in a year than their fans will make in a lifetime. And making that while giving less than 100% effort most times.

    Really, how is a fan of the game supposed to be able to even begin to identify with these guys?

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