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  1. It’s official: NBA cancels games through November. Ugh.

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Even when you know it’s coming, it doesn’t make it any less painful. There will be no NBA games in November. David Stern said in his press conference following the dissolution of labor talks (again!) that all games through Nov. 30 would be canceled. That also means there will be no 82 game NBA season…

  2. NBA continues ridiculous “two steps up, one step back” dance

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

    Empty Amway Arena

    We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately But we ain’t learnin’ We’re the same sad story that’s a fact One step up and two steps back                                                        …

  3. Reports: Lockout talks break down over BRI split

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    David Stern

    According to multiple sources, the lockout talks between the player’s union and the owners have hit an impasse over the BRI split. The players want 52%, the owners want to give them 50%, and neither side is budging. Talks for the day are reportedly over, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, no future talks have been scheduled…

  4. With NBA labor talks, it’s also about who is NOT in the room

    Oct 28, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Throughout these NBA labor negotiations there has been a lot of focus on who is in the negotiating room. When it has been a small group led by Billy Hunter and David Stern, there has been progress. When Kevin Garnett or Paul Allen — or really any larger group — becomes involved things blow up.…

  5. What has to happen Friday for NBA to have labor peace

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:59 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    We are close. Very close. By Monday we could be talking about what the Heat/Lakers/Celtics need to do in free agency, not luxury tax details. There are real signs of hope. David Stern watched the NBA players’ union press conference Thursday from the back row of the room, and both he and union head Billy…

  6. Progress breeds optimism, labor deal “within striking distance”

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Friday could be the day. But if not Friday it may be this weekend — the NBA season is close to being saved. Maybe not all of it, but most of it, enough to have an asterick-free, credible NBA season. Progress through two more days has everyone, even the participants, hopeful. NBA Commissioner David Stern says…

  7. NBA owners, players back at bargaining table Thursday

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    This is good. There is a growing sense of optimism from both the NBA owners and players sides that a deal is there to be had — and now they are both actually working hard toward it. Less than 11 hours after they walked away from the bargaining table at 3 a.m. Thursday morning, representatives…

  8. Economist Murphy takes us all to school on players stance

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    Kevin Murphy is smarter than you. And me. And David Stern and Billy Hunter and everyone else in the negotiating room. There’s no objective way to prove that, but do you have a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant?” Are you the guy the people who wrote “Freakanomics” think is the smartest person they know? That’s Murphy.…

  9. Can a full 82 game season be saved? Maybe, but it shouldn’t.

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Thursday morning’s 4 a.m. press conference following a marathon 15-hour negotiating session between the NBA and its players took a few interesting turns. Specifically when discussion turned to how much of an NBA season there would be if a deal could be reached soon. (That’s a big if, there’s a lot of ground to cover…

  10. After 15 hours of meetings, “some progress” in NBA labor talks

    Oct 27, 2011, 3:50 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    I’ve got to say this for the owners and players, when they sit down to talk they don’t get up. NBA owners and players union representatives met for more than 15 hours in New York Wednesday — going until 3:20 a.m. Thursday morning. The two sides will get back at it on Thursday at 2…

  11. ESPN column puts cap in owners’ “competitive balance” argument

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    We at PBT have been calling out the owners claim they want “competitive balance” from the start — it’s a more palatable way for small market owners to say they want more money from the players and larger market owners. Phrasing it as an issue of competitive balance is just clever spin, not reality. But…

  12. Can we blame the Lakers television deal for the lockout?

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    There is plenty of blame to go around for why we are still sitting here with an NBA lockout going on and the regular season postponed. David Stern, Billy Hunter, Kevin Garnett, Paul Allen, Derek Fisher, Robert Saver and Bennett Salvatore are all to blame. Oh, wait, not Salvatore. I just blame him for everything…

  13. Report: Owners back off 50/50 split demand. For now.

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    NBA owners and players will be back across the table from each other negotiating on Wednesday. Something they should have been doing every day since talks blew up last Thursday, but we won’t get into that. At least they are talking again. The reason they are talking again is the owners have backed off their…

  14. Report: NBA labor negotiations to resume on Wednesday

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    The pattern continues. First the NBA owners and players have an intense few days of negotiation. Then they break up with one side making an emotional outburst to the media. Then they cool off for a few days. Then they sit down at the table again and talk. And make incremental progress. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.…

  15. No games officially canceled Tuesday. Not that it matters.

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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    For a couple days now, we’ve been waiting for the NBA to officially wipe out games through the end of November. There were even reports that the ax would drop Tuesday. Now, as it moves past 5 p.m. Tuesday in New York (where the NBA offices are located), no games have been called off yet. Which…

  16. NBA owners to talk revenue sharing; owners/players staffs talk

    Oct 25, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    There is talking going on. No, the bigwigs of the league and the NBA players union are not sitting down across a table and actually doing work — why would they do that? — but there is talk going on. Specifically, the NBA owners are talking revenue sharing again Tuesday. Meanwhile, staffs from the NBA…

  17. Hunter references a shifting power structure within ownership.

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    Billy Hunter provided enough soundbytes on his appearance on Bill Simmons’ podcast to keep folks entertained for a few days. The “we don’t want to be totally exploited” is the header. Also of note is the reveal of Mark Cuban’s “Game Changer” proposal which proposed no cap and just an aggressive luxury tax. The union…

  18. Reports: NBA will cancel two more weeks of NBA season Tuesday

    Oct 24, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    The good news is that the league isn’t pushing back the start of the season indefinitely, it looks like just two more weeks. Of course the point of missing two more weeks is to make sure the players miss a paycheck and feel some real pain. Well, maybe that’s not good news. Multiple reports (the…

  19. Winderman: Billy Hunter backhands players “intellectual capital,” too

    Oct 24, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    The problem with a lack of games is that all we are left with to dissect is the rhetoric. So we parse Bryant Gumbel’s “plantation overseer” comment on David Stern, even though, with the exception of those with premium cable, the last time we even noticed Bryant Gumbel was during his attempt at NFL Network…

  20. Union head Hunter: “We don’t want to be totally exploited”

    Oct 24, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

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    NBA players union director Bill Hunter sat down with Bill Simmons for an ESPN podcast. Hunter didn’t break a lot of new ground, but you again get to see the players thinking — that the owners are trying to exploit them by driving down salaries so the ultra rich can get richer. Sure, the players…

  21. Tyson Chandler says owners are negotiating like “dictators”

    Oct 24, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

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    We keep trying to give you some insights into the players mindset during the lockout, how they will not back down because they feel the offer from the owners is unfair. As our latest example, we bring you Tyson Chandler of your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. He was ESPN radio in Los Angeles (remember he…

  22. Where we stand with NBA labor talks. Besides screwed.

    Oct 24, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    The NBA owners and players will not be getting together on Monday to look for an end to the lockout. There are a few key things that separate the NFL from NBA lockouts — primarily that the NFL is a money making machine and the NBA’s profitability is questionable at best — but one key…

  23. Expect NBA to indefinitely postpone start of season soon

    Oct 24, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

    padlockap

    When the NBA labor talks blew up last Thursday, we all knew it would just be a matter of time before more games were cancelled. Probably Monday or Tuesday of this week. The first two weeks of the season we already toast so what was next, another two weeks? How about just saying it’s indefinite?…

  24. NHL’s Bill Guerin tells NBA players “It’s not worth it”

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Consider this a cautionary tale. There are a lot of similarities between the current NBA lockout and the NHL lockout of 2004-05 that cost that league an entire season. Particularly in the rhetoric of the owners, talking about needing to radically change the system. “Competitive balance” has become the new “cost certainty” that NHL owners…

  25. Raja Bell says David Stern is the impediment to a deal

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Raja Bell is frustrated. Like the rest of us. Frustrated that we are talking about a “percentage of basketball related income” and games missed rather than the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks. And he’s frustrated with David Stern. Really, he’s frustrated with the owners and the entire NBA family for not making a deal…

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