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Miami Heat owner casts protest vote against new CBA

Dec 22, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York Reuters

Micky Arison was supposed to be one of he doves. He took a $500,000 fine for tweeting he was not one of the hardline owners.

He was one of the owners who wanted to make a deal and get back to basketball. Or so we thought. Then comes this note:

Heat owner Micky Arison is revealing that he cast a ballot against passing the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement.

Arison says it was “a protest vote” primarily in response to the way revenue-sharing components of the deal will be structured….

Arison declined to say if he would have cast the “no” vote if the CBA wasn’t already assured of passage. Enough votes to pass were already secured by the time Miami made its selection.

So Arison and Mavs owner Mark Cuban are two of the 5 no votes. Big market owners whose teams played in the finals. Interesting.

  1. klownboy - Dec 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Enough with the CBA talk, let’s talk NBA regular season on Christmas Day!!!

    • david8726 - Dec 22, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      What’s with people trying to leach off the readership here by linking their blogs lately?

    • raidmagic - Dec 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM

      Go spam somewhere else with your crappy blog

  2. sunsation3413 - Dec 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    David I agree. Why do we want to read this guys blog? The lockout left me with a bad attitude towards the NBA. I am a season ticket holder and having a hard time getting enthused to go to games.

  3. goforthanddie - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    So MIA/DAL are big market teams today? That seems to change by author/story.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Funny, in 2008 when the Heat was 15-67, and Dwyane was hurt, Miami was considered small market.

  5. khuxford - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    He said it was a protest vote over revenue sharing (between the teams, not the owners/players), which is NOT what the true disconnect was during the negotiations when he tweeted that he wasn’t the one to complain to about the season being delayed. So there is no contradiction like the one you’re implying. The contradiction is more like the MJ’s labor stance one: when Mickey was “small market”, he’d have been all for revenue sharing, but while he has one of the most marketable teams, he’s all against it. That’s exactly like MJ having the principled and correct position during labor negotiations when he was a player, then turning around and being a dick when it is in his own financial interests now.

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