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Billy Hunter made $3 million last year, landed a 25 percent raise during lockout

Sep 29, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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USA Today discovered a department of labor filing with regards to Billy Hunter’s salary with the NBPA last year, much of which was spent during the lockout of the NBPA by the owners in the labor dispute. Mr. Hunter did quite well for himself.

National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter was paid $3 million from July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012, a $600,000 — or 25% — raise over the previous year, according to NBPA documents filed Friday with the United States Department of Labor.

via NBPA filing with labor department details Hunter’s salary, payments to family members.

Just to review this, the NBPA paid Hunter $600,000 more last year so that they could lose 5.8 percentage points in BRI just in the first year, with more in subsequent years, and lose 16 games worth of pay. That’s clearly money well spent.

USA Today also outlines all the exorbitant legal fees paid to various consulting law firms during the lockout, including those who hired Hunter’s children. The union doled out some serious cash in a losing effort. Hunter has been under scrutiny, particularly from ousted NBPA president Derek Fisher over where the money went over the last several years, with an investigation still pending.

This certainly doesn’t make Hunter look good, but there’s no telling how much Hunter donated during the lockout, and it’s hard to gauge whether Hunter did  a good job during the lockout or not. The players lost a ton of money, but the owners also had massive leverage. There were reasons for the loss, and Hunter deserves to make a living like anyone.

But $3 million dollars? During the exact period where the union got squashed, the very thing Hunter’s paid to prevent? Not a good look.

  1. therealhtj - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Contracts are still guaranteed, salaries weren’t rolled back, and there’s still no hard cap. Teams are still giving out stupid contracts just like before. He did the best these guys could’ve hoped for.

    Hunter is as crooked as the day is long. The guy’s a snake oil salesman and the only guys he serves are himself and the 20 or so franchise players. The other 280+ got hosed as usual and didn’t stand up for themselves in the last negotiation. Until they wake up, this will not change.

  2. eugenesaxe - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    He couldn’t have just handed himself a raise, the players would have had to approve, correct? They got what they paid for.

    • tubal22 - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      The problem is there are only a handful of NBA players that are smart enough to know what’s going on. 95% of them just drink the union kool-aid.

      When the union leaders question them (like Derik Fisher did) they get run out.

  3. xxakshunxx - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Maybe if these players went to college for more than ONE season they would have some knowledge when dealing with business negotions and such instead of jus tryin to collect a check and putting their blind faith into scumbags

    • itsonlyaspeedbump - Sep 30, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      Sorry but a 4 year college degree isn’t going to help. A highly-rated basketball player that would be able to leave for the NBA after the season would be ‘strongly encouraged’ by his college coaches to take cooking and underwater basket-weaving so he can devote as much time as possible to the team. And by ‘strongly encouraged’ I mean he is likely to LOSE his scholarship if his coaches don’t think he is serious enough. The value of a free education for football and basketball is a farcical myth spread by the NCAA so they can continue THEIR scumbag business.

      All this to say, if you think players should make sure they are informed when it comes to these matters, I agree. Just don’t expect them to realize this as a result of their “education.”

    • 618t - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      While you have some what of a point don’t get it twisted- there are tons of people in corporations today with 4 year and masters degrees. These people are predominately sheep. Back biting, telling on one another to their superiors for perceived favors, sabotaging one another looking down their noses at one another, retaliating against employees. I could go on and on. Oh and most corps don’t have unions (unlike the NBA) and the employees there are subject to the whims of the ceo and board of directors who do not view them as people but capital. These whims allow employees to be laid off and fired at any moment.

      The NBA players fault lies in the need to consider someone else other than Billy Hunter as their Exec Director of the NBPA

  4. nokoolaidcowboy - Sep 30, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    It’s a great job if you can find one.

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