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  1. Report: Federal mediator to be back in room Saturday

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    George Cohen

    George Cohen, the federal mediator who led intense discussions between the NBA and players union several weeks back, will be in the room again Saturday. That’s what Chris Broussard of ESPN reports, confirmed by an NBA spokesman. Cohen led the two sides through 30 hours of negotiations in three days, when some of the most…

  2. Report: Michael Jordan leads the NBA hardline owners

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Back in 1998, during the last NBA lockout that cost regular season games, Michael Jordan the player stood up to then Wizards owner Abe Polin and said “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team.” Now, 13 years later and on the other side of the table, Jordan can’t make a profit…

  3. It’s time for the owners to give, get a deal done… but they won’t

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    It’s the paradox of perception during the NBA lockout — the NBA players have offered to give the NBA owners $1 billion back in salary over the life of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yet ask a casual fan and they will tell you the players are the greedy ones (or, more often, that both…

  4. Hardliners from both sides try to send message before talks

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    On one side, you have a group of renegade players threatening decertification of the union — threatening to blow up any chance of this season if the owners don’t give in. The owners don’t want to lose a full season and they feared decertification enough to file a pre-emptive lawsuit to block it. On the…

  5. Report: Group of 50 NBA players threaten union decertification

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    In case you thought sanity might encroach on the NBA labor talks, we bring you this report: A group of hardline NBA players, about 50, participated in a conference call this week behind the back of union leadership, reports both the New York Times and Yahoo. The upshot of the mid-week call is that if…

  6. Saturday’s owners/players meeting going to be large group

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    This could be really good or really bad. Every time a large group of owners and players have gotten together during the NBA labor talks things have gone about as well as the last Hindenburg voyage. It’s always Kevin Garnett or Paul Allen or something that messes it up. That said, eventually a large group…

  7. After meeting, union leaders reiterate they are unified front

    Nov 3, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    After every National Basketball Players Association meeting of any size, union leadership and players have stood together and preached unity. Often wearing matching T-shirts, because nothing says unity like matching clothing. But this time the symbolism and words were needed. With players smacking union leadership publicly and signs of division everywhere, the union’s executive committee…

  8. NBA labor talks to resume Saturday

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    UPDATE 4:58 pm: Union VP Roger Mason Jr. — he of “how u” fame — has confirmed that talks will resume on Saturday, according to a tweet from Chris Manix of Sports Illustrated. Mason was also ringing the “union is unified” bell loud in every interview today. He says there was no real divide there.…

  9. If union wobbles, will owners go for kill and ruin chance at deal?

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    You’d think that watching the NBA players’ union squabble would make NBA owners smile. Break the union and you get the deal you want, right? Not exactly. The situation within the players union could make it less likely we see a deal soon, for a couple of reasons. One is that a fractured union can’t…

  10. Players union executive board to meet, try to get on same page

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    Etan Thomas, Billy Hunter, Chris Paul, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason Jr., James Jones

    The National Basketball Players Association needs a new plan to push the owners to compromise, get a deal they can live with and end the NBA lockout. But first, they have to stop fighting amongst themselves. The union’s executive board is set to meet Thursday in New York. That means union president Derek Fisher, long…

  11. Stackhouse smacks Fisher in interview; the union has issues

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:58 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    The NBA players union is starting to rip apart along its seams. And that is not good for those of us who want to see basketball soon. We’ve seen the tears in competing stories for days, backing either union director Billy Hunter or president Derek Fisher. (For the record, those two say there is no…

  12. Winderman: If union rank-and-file would approve 50/50, take it

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    The goal for Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher and the players’ union is not to win. It is to serve their constituency. If their constituency accepts a deal that Hunter, Fisher and other National Basketball Players Association officials have worked so tirelessly to avoid, then it should not translate into a moment of shame. Considering what…

  13. David Stern spins Micky Arison fine, talks lockout

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    David Stern — at the urging of other owners — fined Heat owner Micky Arison a whopping $500,000 (reportedly) for breaking the veneer of a unified ownership front. Arison tweeted that he’s not the owner you should be blaming for the lockout. And now, here comes he spin, from David Stern, who spoke with Howard…

  14. Derek Fisher gets a lawyer, demands retraction

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher is serious. And is seriously ticked off. Over the weekend, Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports published a story saying a source told him Fisher had to be confronted by Billy Hunter and other union leaders to be talked out of agreeing to a 50/50 deal. The same article had the source suggesting Fisher…

  15. Billy Hunter sends another letter to players urging unity

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:43 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Is this starting to sound a little desperate to anyone else? One day after NBA players union President Derek Fisher sent a letter to players dismissing media reports and urging unity, union director Billy Hunter sent out a similar letter reports Marc Stein of ESPN. He adds that the union’s negotiating committee is getting together…

  16. Other owners pushed for big fine on Heat’s Arison

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

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

    Heat owner Micky Arison is going to be writing a big check to the NBA — $500,000 to be exact. And he can thank some of his fellow NBA owners for that. On Halloween Arison got a trick from the league when David Stern smacked him with a heavy fine for a little twitter rant on…

  17. Pointing out hypocrisy of NBA owners lockout position

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    NBA basketball

    Let’s be clear about two things. First, the NBA owners are going to win the lockout. Big. Just how big remains to be seen, but even if they took the players terms last Friday they would have had a massive win. It’s just not enough for them. Second, they are fighting to save themselves from…

  18. Report: League fines Heat owner $500,000 for tweets

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    You knew the second you read the tweets from Heat owner Micky Arison Friday that was he going to be forking over a healthy check to the league soon. Those tweets included his response to one fan who accused Arison of being one of the greedy owners ruining the NBA. “Honestly u r barking at…

  19. Lockout spin of the day: Owners aren’t kidding about 50/50

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Right now, David Stern and the owners are trying to scare the players, to push them into agreeing to a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI, the revenue the league takes in). The players got 57 percent in the old deal and think they have given up enough coming down to 52.5, that the…

  20. Video: Stephen Colbert has Mark Cuban’s back

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    You know Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has some strong opinions on the lockout — and he is sure he is right and everyone else is wrong. Even you. But David Stern has muzzeled everyone (even Micky Arison of the Heat) and Cuban can’t tell you how you are wrong. So isn’t it nice that the…

  21. A NBA labor deal is close, here’s what is still in the way

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Over the weekend, we told you that much of the framework of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Contract lengths, the luxury tax, and amnesty clause, a mid-level exception and a “stretch” exception are all basically in place. The New York Times called it the deal “95 percent” done. When asked Thursday,…

  22. Were Fisher, Kobe down with 50/50 split? Maybe, as some players are.

    Oct 30, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Everyone is not on the same page in the NBA labor negotiations. The owners are not a unified front and neither are the players. I have heard from players willing right now to take a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI) — the league’s revenues — and get on with a season right now.…

  23. The stupid BRI issue is really stupid

    Oct 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    One would think that after four months, the NBPA and NBA would be able to figure out how to split pie slices. But no. Talks blew up again Friday over the split of Basketball Related Income, BRI, the phrase that has become the scourge of fans’ existence as more games are cancelled.  On the surface,…

  24. Heat owner speaks his mind on twitter, then thinks better of it

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

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

    We’ve known for a while that Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is a dove — he wants his team to start playing basketball again, he’d pretty much take the players deal on the table right now and roll with the season. As fans who want to see basketball, he’s our guy. Start the games. But…

  25. Stern tries to frighten NBA players into taking deal

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    David Stern was masterful Friday afternoon. He put on a frightful Halloween show for the NBA players watching at home. Certainly it was all spin at his press conference following another day of blown up labor negotiations. He spoke to the media for about 15 minutes (it was broadcast on NBA TV) and NBA union…

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